There is a simple way, Messieurs the Masses to correct public evils: put wise and good men into power.
When Alfred was put wise to this, he sold the bull for beef.
This I interpreted as a confession of jealous fear that I had been, in slang phrasing, “put wise.”
Guess he was put wise by what happened the other 138 night–you know.
Those who did not know what all the fuss was about had to be "put wise," as William said.
I'm blunt, but it's just as well for you to be put wise quick.
She must say brought, and not brung; she must say tell, and not put wise; she must not kick, but show displeasure.
I know his value as well as you do, but we don't want to put wise goggles on him.
It was only a friendly visit, but into it she put wise counsel as well as thoughtful understanding.
The poet should not make clowns the companions of kings, nor put wise counsels into the mouth of fools.
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."
A wise man has no extensive knowledge; He who has extensive knowledge is not a wise man. [Lao-tzu, "Tao te Ching," c.550 B.C.E.]Wise guy is attested from 1896, American English. Wisenheimer, with mock German or Yiddish surname suffix, first recorded 1904.
"way of proceeding, manner," Old English wise, ultimately from the same source as wise (adj.). Cf. Old Saxon wisa, Old Frisian wis, Danish vis, Middle Dutch wise, Dutch wijs, Old High German wisa, German Weise "way, manner." Most common in English now as a suffix (e.g. likewise). For sense evolution from "to see" to "way of proceeding," cf. cognate Greek eidos "form, shape, kind," also "course of action." Ground sense is "to see/know the way."
A person who exerts influence, esp in a covert way; operator: Grunewald, bigtime wirepuller in the tangled Washington bureaucracy (1833+)