suss out

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Etymology[edit]

From suspect.

Verb[edit]

suss out (third-person singular simple present susses out, present participle sussing out, simple past and past participle sussed out)

  1. (slang) To come to understand (a person).
    We've sussed him out — he only drinks on Fridays and only in that bar in town.
  2. (slang) To manage to work (something) out, to determine (something).
    We've sussed out how to open the lock.
    • 2012, The Economist, Electric cars: Difference Engine: Tailpipe truths
      As far as electric cars are concerned, motorists have sussed out that they do not make particularly good financial sense, even with a $7,500 handout from the federal government.

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