be wise to something

be wise to something
be wise to (someone/something) to know about and not be fooled by someone or something.

He called in sick almost every Monday, and the boss quickly got wise to him.

Usage notes: often used in the forms wise up (to something/someone) or wise someone up (to something/someone):

I finally wised up to their scheme.

It's time they wised him up to what's really going on.


New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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