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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WISE UP

I told Greenback to wise up his boy, as look at the trouble that got caused.

Of one thing he felt assured, that it was in no wise up to him to speak or do first.

Or, you can wise up now and fix Dakota before he gets a chance at you.

And they are wise up to the very point of believing only the things they have seen.

Ive never missed an opportunity of seeing a Big League game and trying to wise up on the methods of the players.

Up it & like wise up the St. Croix are saw mills, as that country abounds with Pine.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English wis, from Proto-Germanic *wisaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian wis, Old Norse viss, Dutch wijs, German weise "wise"), from past participle adjective *wittos of PIE root *weid- "to see," hence "to know" (see vision). Slang meaning "aware, cunning" first attested 1896. Related to the source of Old English witan "to know, wit."

Wise guy is attested from 1896, American English. Wisenheimer, with mock German or Yiddish surname suffix, first recorded 1904.

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