get wise to (someone or something)

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get wise to (someone or something)

To become fully aware or cognizant of someone or something, especially if he, she, or it is suspicious, illegal, or malicious in nature or intention. We'd better watch our step—I think the police are getting wise to us! I hope my brother doesn't get wise to my scheme to take over the company.
See also: get, to, wise
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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.

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.
See also: get, somebody, something, to, wise
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Mr Finnigan, 48, from Merseyside, said the dramas - many of which use former policemen as advisers - dropped so many hints about how cases were investigated that crooks were getting wise to them.