"We'll have to dope out some way to get something to eat," said Mercer.
"I think I can dope out a restricting circuit," Macintyre said.
I'll bet we can dope out some way of putting it over on them.
“That settles one thing I was trying to dope out,” said Tom.
All of which don't help me dope out how long I'm due to lend a human note to an otherwise empty landscape.
I spose youre trying to dope out how the Phantom got out of the room.
I wonder if there isn't some way we can dope out what the rest of it was.
At any rate, we must now put our heads together and dope out just what to do in this smuggling case.
They dope out Capital and Labour stuff there, instead of pushing games at each other.
But when he's through, why, he'll open out his hands to old Prov, and Prov'll dope out his wage.
1807, American English, "sauce, gravy, thick liquid," from Dutch doop "thick dipping sauce," from doopen "to dip" (cf. dip (v.)). Extension to "drug" is 1889, from practice of smoking semi-liquid opium preparation. Meaning "foolish, stupid person" is older (1851) and may have a sense of "thick-headed." Sense of "inside information" (1901) may come from knowing before the race which horse had been drugged to influence performance. Dope-fiend is attested from 1896.
1889, from dope (n.). Related: Doped; doping.
A narcotic, especially an addictive narcotic.
An illicit drug, especially marijuana.
To explain or clarify; figure out: I doped that all out myself (1906+)
[fr Dutch doop, ''sauce for dipping,'' with elaborate semantic shifts]