get wise (to someone or something)

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get wise (to someone or something)

To find out, become aware of, more fully understand, and/or no longer be deceived (by something or someone). I've been taking small supplies from the office for a long time, but I think the boss is getting wise. People are finally starting to get wise to the need for environmental protection.
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Owen, below, gets wise to Eileen's theft and threatens her with the police.
CORONATION STREET (ITV1) Owen gets wise to Eileen's theft and threatens her with the police.
This profitable arrangement threatens to unravel when the couple - Ray is, in fact, the diplomat, McKellar the stay-at-home husband and chef eager to discover "the real India" by enlisting Stella as his "cooking guru" - decides to hire a seemingly straight-arrow nanny (Shriya Saran) who eventually gets wise to Stella's subterfuge.
Variety gets wise to something we've been grousing about here, on and off: The networks have been profoundly remiss at getting screeners to critics, even though they're premiering some of their new shows earlier than usual.
Sneaky bar customers swipe the stamps when the door attendant is distracted; many will try to mark as many people as possible before the bouncer gets wise, Slavkovsky said.
However, it's not long before Jason gets wise to the spying ploy and kits himself out with a few counter-surveillance items.
Occasionally, some designer gets wise and puts a mechanism on display, like the Swingline electric stapler of a few years back, or a kid's clock in a clear plastic case.
If anyone gets wise to Adriana's dealings with the Feds, she could easily be the next to 'sleep with the fishes.
Now that anyone caught urinating in the street faces a possible fine of pounds 500, how long will it be before someone gets wise to the potential for suing Newcastle City Council for failing to provide adequate free public conveniences?
His killers are urban psychopaths and, in his latest novel, we know the identity of the murderers long before the Serious Crime Squad gets wise.
Of course, she gets wise to this and - oh, my sides are splitting at the thought of this hilarious plot - Fred is given the wrong recipe, and the hotpot he makes is awful.
If he gets the ball and always starts to run with it then the defender gets wise to it.
If Tony gets wise to him, Paulie could meet the same fate as Big Pussy and 'sleep with the fishes.
Boss Jimmy Calderwood gets wise to Dunfermline's league position