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get wind of (something)

To become aware of something, especially something being kept secret, through indirect means. If Mom gets wind of this prank we're planning, we'll be grounded for the rest of the summer. If the press gets wind of this, the campaign will be over.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: get, of, wind
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

get wind of

begin to suspect that something is happening; hear a rumour of. informal
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Paradoxically, the first to catch wind of something else going on is the company commander of the Roman soldiers, who is doing his duty, standing before Jesus to watch him die, and when he does die, marvels: "Truly this man was the Son of God" (Mk.15:39).