Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

get wind of (something)

get wind of something
Meaning(s)
1) find out about something that was supposed to be secret or private
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    • I got wind of the news
  • Analysis

    The idiom to 'get wind of something' means to discover or find out information that was intended to be secret or private. Usually when you 'get wind of' something you find out the information by unofficial means. This phrase is similar in meaning to I heard on the grapevine.

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. Do not mention anything to Robert about his birthday. I don't want him getting wind about the surprise party we're planning!
    2. I got wind that Jenny might be leaving her job.
    3. Please keep this a secret. If anyone gets wind of what I did I'll be in serious trouble.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. I got wind that Head Office is sending somebody over for an inspection today, so I need everyone to be on top of their game!
    2. The journalist got wind of the secret payment, and her exposé scuppered the politician's re-election campaign.
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