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Would this expression be properly used in the following context to mean that I want to make someone aware of something?
"I'll put you guys wise to what we're going to do today."
Wise - definition of Wise by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
" (chiefly US) Let me put/make you wise to [=tell you about] their plans."
Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
As mentioned above "put wise" is typically associated with gangsters in Prohibition-era movies: "You're new in town, kid, so I'm gonna put you wise to a few facts. Mr. Capone runs the rackets in this town, and we ever catch you trying to cut in on his action you're gonna find yourself swimming with the fishes wearing a pair of cement shoes."
AmE speakers would understand what you meant if you used the phrase, but it's not really that common. It is usually used in a context where someone is clueing you in to something going on without your knowledge, for example: "We've been friends for a long time, Fred, so I've got to put you wise to what's going on - Bill has been spending a lot of time with your wife during the day when you're at work."
Last edited by Ouisch; 23-Jun-2011 at 08:42.
wise ... chiefly US, not as common as it was, connotations of 1930s gangsters; could be used in jest. Occasionally used seriously in the following US States ( ) ... by the following groups of people ... in the following circumstances ...
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