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get wind of (something)

To hear or learn about something. If mom gets wind of this prank we're planning, we'll be grounded for the rest of the summer.
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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

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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get wind of

begin to suspect that something is happening; hear a rumour of. informal
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