get wind of
- (idiomatic, transitive) To hear about; to learn of, especially with respect to facts intended to have been kept confidential or secret.
1861, Charles Dickens, chapter 51, in Great Expectations:
- [T]he secret was still a secret, except that you had got wind of it.
1917, Sax Rohmer, chapter 7, in The Hand of Fu-Manchu:
- "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.
To hear about; to learn of, especially especially with respect to facts intended to have been confidential