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]
See also: get, to, wise
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.
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