So the game is up, my secret has been exposed!
That’s alright, everyone already knows about my weakness for boy bands! Such catchy tunes!
Anyways, Shakespeare invented the term “the game is up,” as a means of expressing that all was lost. It first appeared in Cymbeline.
Euriphile, Thou wast their nurse; they took thee for their mother,
And every day do honour to her grave:
Myself, Belarius, that am Morgan call’d,
They take for natural father. The game is up.
Now, we use the term to let someone know that we have exposed their deceit, they cannot “play anymore games”. For an example, here is a song by none other than *NSYNC, which has almost the exact phrase in the title!
Have a great day!