To suddenly become very upset or intensely angry and make a big display of it. Primarily heard in UK, Australia.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The idiom ‘get wise to (someone or something)’ means “to deal with a difficult situation without being harmed or damaged”
Example usage of idiom ‘get wise to (someone or something)’: Newspapers have weathered the storm of online information by providing news online themselves.