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Related to get wind of: keep one's nose to the grindstone, throw caution to the wind, got the picture, got wind, threw caution to the wind

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 something

to learn about something secret As soon as we got wind of the concert, I ordered tickets.
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get wind of something

to hear a piece of information that someone else was trying to keep secret I don't want my boss to get wind of the fact that I'm leaving so I'm not telling many people.
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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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