get wind of

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get wind of (something)

To hear or learn about something. If mom gets wind of this prank we're planning, we'll be grounded for the rest of the summer.
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get wind of something

 and catch wind of something
Fig. to learn of something; to hear about something. The police got wind of the illegal drug deal. John caught wind of the gossip being spread about him.
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get wind of

Learn of; hear a rumor about. For example, "If my old aunt gets wind of it, she'll cut me off with a shilling" (William Makepeace Thackeray, in Paris Sketch Book, 1840). This expression alludes to an animal perceiving a scent carried by the wind. [First half of 1800s]
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get wind of

begin to suspect that something is happening; hear a rumour of. informal
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As the silver and gold market catch wind of this, alongside increased global manufacturing and investor support; it could send prices soaring
Instead of crossing his fingers hoping the press wouldn't catch wind of the bad news, which some district spokespeople might have done, the district's press secretary immediately publicized an investigation into alleged cheating on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills test in February.
The pace of change is not likely to slow down, and metals recyclers and the leading edge of the market they represent are likely to be the first to catch wind of the next major changes in global economic trends.
The kids at the film company catch wind of the masterpiece.
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But that was before Saugus started an amazing run through summer tournaments, and teams began to catch wind of the Centurions' tall and quick lineup.
Then again, with eBay nervous about outages and possible legal action if customers catch wind of its negligence - apparently eBay is using an older version of Oracle and hasn't applied patches to Solaris that would have avoided many of its problems, and it supposedly hadn't gotten a hot standby Starfire server up and running yet - the deep throat at eBay might have been just covering his ass.
Sometimes hosts of such gatherings contact the fire marshal's office and sometimes inspectors catch wind of planned events and prohibit them, he said, but the nature of the mobile clubs makes them difficult to monitor.