Get Wind Of Meaning

(idiomatic, transitive) To hear about; to learn of, especially with respect to facts intended to have been kept confidential or secret.

Example: 1861, Charles Dickens, Great Expectations, ch. 51:
  [T]he secret was still a secret, except that you had got wind of it.
1917, Sax Rohmer, The Hand of Fu-Manchu, ch. 7:
  "It's no easy matter," said Inspector Weymouth, "to patrol the vicinity of John Ki's Joy-Shop without their getting wind of it."
2001, Ginny Parker, "Dating Game," Time, 4 June:
  He asks that I don't identify his name and profession, saying he doesn't want colleagues to get wind of his habits.

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