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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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.
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.
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.
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.
It seems that investors are getting wise to the notion that just about everyone beats their earnings estimate, because that increase is the smallest it's been - with one notable exception - in the past seven quarters.
Punters must be getting wise to the Hawk, as he looked a candidate for a lower in-running trade than 1.
Men are getting wise to it, with 38 percent admitting they offer to complete a DIY task to qualify for one of the privileges.
That process is not aided by the fact clubs are getting wise to the dynamics of the league structure and accepting they will finish in the bottom four and budgeting for that.
American consumers are getting wise to the regulated-monopoly con, and it doesn't take subterfuge for them to make their case.