One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[NO OBJECT]wise up
often in imperative Become aware of or informed about something.‘wise up to the flavours of North Africa’
- ‘We are wising up to such something-for-nothing marketing schemes which turn out to be the opposite.’
- ‘Forever desperate to present his charges as potential world-beaters four years down the line, he should wise up to the fact that moulding them into a team merely tough to beat might be as good as it can get.’
- ‘The public are wising up because if recent past elections are anything to go by apathetic turn outs just keep getting worse.’
- ‘It never ceased to amaze us that this trick worked day after day, week after week without the fools wising up to us.’
- ‘But this is difficult as the market wises up to their e-business models.’
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