get word

When you get word of something, you find out about it. You might only get word that your school is canceled because of snow after standing at the bus stop shivering for an hour.

It's most often an accident when you get word of something — you learn about it, rather than being told about it directly. You could also say that you "get wind" of something, or "catch wind" of it. If you get word that your neighbor's having a pool party, you can either put on your suit and walk next door, or sit at home feeling annoyed that you weren't invited.

Definitions of get word
  1. verb
    get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally
    synonyms: discover, find out, get a line, get wind, hear, learn, pick up, see
    find, see, witness
    perceive or be contemporaneous with
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    get the goods
    discover some bad or hidden information about
    wise up
    get wise to
    catch, trip up
    detect a blunder or misstep
    learn or discover with certainty
    discover, find
    make a discovery
    rake up
    bring to light
    ascertain or learn the price of
    ferret, ferret out
    search and discover through persistent investigation
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