wise to someone or something

wise to someone or something
mod. having found out about someone or something. (Underworld.)
The cops are wise to the plan.
I’m wise to Lefty. He’s a wire.

Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions. 2015.

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  • wise — I. /waɪz / (say wuyz) adjective (wiser, wisest) 1. having the power of discerning and judging properly as to what is true or right. 2. characterised by or showing such power; shrewd, judicious, or prudent. 3. possessed of or characterised by… …  

  • wise — wise1 [ waız ] adjective ** a wise person is able to make good choices and decisions because they have a lot of experience: Sally is a wise and cautious woman. the wise old men of the village a. a wise action or decision is sensible and shows… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • wise — 1 adjective 1 DECISION/IDEA ETC wise decisions and judgements are based on good sense and experience; sensible: I think that would be a wise precaution. | be wise to do sth: I think you were wise to leave when you did. 2 PERSON someone who is… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • wise — wise1 S3 [waız] adj ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(decision/idea etc)¦ 2¦(person)¦ 3 be none the wiser/not be any the wiser 4 get/be wise to somebody/something 5 wise guy 6 be wise after the event ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [: Old English; Origin: wis] 1.) ¦(DECISION/IDEA ETC …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • wise up — verb 1. get wise to (Freq. 1) They wised up to it • Hypernyms: ↑learn, ↑hear, ↑get word, ↑get wind, ↑pick up, ↑find out, ↑get a line, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • wise — [[t]wa͟ɪz[/t]] ♦♦♦ wises, wising, wised, wiser, wisest 1) ADJ GRADED A wise person is able to use their experience and knowledge in order to make sensible decisions and judgements. She has the air of a wise woman... You re a wise old man: tell me …   English dictionary

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