be wise to (someone or something)

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be wise to (someone or something)

To be fully aware or cognizant of someone or something, especially if it is suspicious, illegal, or malicious in nature or intention. We'd better watch our step—I think the police are wise to us! I'm wise to your scheme, and I'll find a way to make sure you can never put it into action! Now that I've been teaching for a few years, I'm wise to kids who try to cheat on their tests.
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be/get ˈwise to somebody/something

(informal) be/become aware of something or aware of somebody’s (usually bad) behaviour: When did you first get wise to what was happening?He thought he could fool me but I’m wise to him.
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And I don't intend to become a Washington insider--yet I am wise to the ways of Washington from years of experience advocating and shaping the policy positions affecting our industry.
I am wise to those emails discussing an important subject under an ambiguous subject header; burying the request for a key decision midway through a convoluted message or on page 2 of an attachment; not copying the people who should get the message; asking a question about an assigned task to assign it back up and to potentially avoid having to do it at all by saying later, "Well, I sent you an email.