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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get wise to

Also be wise to. See through the deception of; also, become aware of. For example, It took a while, but she finally got wise to Fred's lies, or I'm wise to the fact that her clothes come from a thrift shop. [Colloquial; mid-1800s]
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The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism.
The US president, Donald Trump, on Sunday tweeted that 'people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism', adding that the US was 'watching very closely for human rights violations
USING a trust seems like an easy way to protect your Ahome, but local authorities are increasingly getting wise to these schemes, and have staff who ensure people are not using them to get out of paying care costs.
AUSING a trust seems like an easy way to protect your home, but local authorities are increasingly getting wise to these schemes, and have staff who ensure people are not using them to get out of paying care costs.
Companies are also getting wise to importance and there is also more thought about it and what business goals they are trying to drive from it.
Summary: One easy solution is not to start getting wise after the event
Teams in the Premier League in England are getting wise to it, with the likes of Southampton - who know a thing or two about youth development - holding tournaments and tests.
Of course, this situation is not sustainable and will become less viable because of a coming tsunami of malpractice claims, more focused insurer benchmarks revealing excessive test ordering and minor procedures, and patients getting wise.
The man goes up to people asking for PS1 so he can get home to Leeds - but he has been attempting the same scam for so long people are getting wise to him.
The 30-year-old picked out Greg Stewart as a prime example of how opponents are now getting wise to Dundee's strengths.
The people who try to defile the sport use all means at their disposal to lure players into their net, and the authorities are now getting wise to it.
Finally, in the Wise Words Women Who Run It is getting wise words for Danielle Laporte.
Or here's an idea: Maybe people are getting wise to the fact that the government has absolutely no idea what it is doing.
The developers of retail parks are getting wise to it.
More and more members of the global community are getting wise to governments and people that use others to do their fighting and dying while they profit from the chaos.