to catch wind of

Idiom Definition

"to catch wind of"

to learn or discover something (usually indirectly) that was not supposed to be widely known or that was being kept secret

Idiom Definition - to catch wind of


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to catch wind of

Two teenagers are talking about not going to school the following day ...

Teenager 1: Hey, do you want to play hooky from school tomorrow?

Teenager 2: That would be great. It's Friday tomorrow.

Teenager 1: How can we keep it secret that we missed school?

Teenager 2: We can ask a classmate to help us.

Teenager 1: It could work but I'll be in such big trouble if my mother catches wind.

Teenager 2: Don't worry! She will never know.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to catch wind of

Two friends are talking about throwing a surprise birthday party for a third friend ...

Friend 1: Well, what do you think?

Friend 2: A surprise party for Frank would be pretty awesome.

Friend 1: The challenge will be to keep it all a secret.

Friend 2: Yes, if Frank were to catch wind of the party, then the surprise would be lost.

Friend 1: Then we have to be very careful that Frank doesn't discover our plans.

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to catch wind of - Gerund Form:

Catching wind of a secret is not always a good thing.

to catch wind of - Examples:

1)  They aren't your TARGET audience, but if they catch wind of what you did -- you'll get plastered all over twitter.

2)  We will continue to reap the resulting dramas of this approach to life until we catch wind of its repetition in our corner of the world.

3)  I wasn't working at EGM at the time this happened. But I did catch wind of the aftermath.

4)  But you'll catch wind of N's work in another region.

5)  They just try to make it all sound horribly complex so us normals don't catch wind of the scam.

6)  Did Shawyer approach New Scientist, out of shameless self-promotion, or did New Scientist catch wind of Shawyer's claims and approach him?

7)  Once the Scammers catch wind of that, they hang up very quickly.

8)  Usually an album will be out for months before the stations catch wind of it.

9)  When people catch wind of it they interrupt to save him the trouble.

10)  When the public catch wind of such occurrences, it forces the government to act on the case.

11)  I went to school so that my father didn't catch wind of my little stunt.

12)  They simply do not want the public to catch wind of our sour economy.

13)  They didn't catch wind of it right away.

14)  You'd better hope that no particularly litigious people catch wind of that fact.

15)  If you ever catch wind of me complaining, you have my permission to clobber me.

16)  There will be more moles... probably a literal exodus!! Once they catch wind of how appreciated they are in the "Real" world!

17)  All of that may change if developers catch wind of the iPad Mini as a gaming platform.

18)  And as such, you'll probably catch wind of valuable information.

19)  If any new talking points arise, we will inform you as soon as we catch wind of them.

20)  I didn't catch wind of this until now and reviewed the play.