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Difference between Get the wind of and Get wind of

get the wind of somethingscent or detect (an animal) as by the wind:

  • The herd [of buffaloes] at length “got the wind” of the approaching enemy and fled in a mass.

get wind of somethinglearn about smth., especially accidentally:

  • When he got wind of the store’s impending closing, he applied to be the next tenant.