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suss

[suhs] /sʌs/
verb (used with object)
1.
Chiefly British Slang. to investigate or figure out (usually followed by out).
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70; earlier, to suspect, a suspect, shortening of suspect
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Examples for suss
  • It was difficult to suss out the reasons for all the delays.
  • But there are general principles, and also things you can do to suss things out in advance.
  • To suss this out, you'll need the help of an experienced travel clinician.
  • In the end the group decided to try and suss out whether the bees homed in on nectar-laden flowers using color or spatial cues.
  • But it could also be something for which you're never going to be able to really suss out the answer.
  • So it's a move in the right direction when people try to suss out connections between two variables they have a hunch are related.
  • Looking at the neural recordings let the scientists suss out when and how the brain was overloaded with information.
  • Researchers are taking advantage of the process in order to shut down genes selectively and thus suss out their functions.
  • It's easy enough to suss out this theme yourself, so get solving.
  • As is the case each year, the first order of business is to suss out the big themes of the show before it actually happens.
British Dictionary definitions for suss

suss

/sʌs/
verb (transitive) (slang)
1.
(often foll by out) to attempt to work out (a situation, person's character, etc), esp using one's intuition
2.
Also sus. to become aware of; suspect (esp in the phrase suss it)
noun
3.
sharpness of mind; social astuteness
See also sus laws
Word Origin
C20: shortened from suspect
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Word Origin and History for suss
v.

"to figure out, investigate and discover," 1966, earlier "to suspect" (1953, police jargon), a slang shortening of suspect (v.).

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