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[suhs] /sʌs/
verb (used with object)
Chiefly British Slang. to investigate or figure out (usually followed by out).
Origin of suss
1965-70; earlier, to suspect, a suspect, shortening of suspect Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web 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


verb (transitive) (slang)
(often foll by out) to attempt to work out (a situation, person's character, etc), esp using one's intuition
Also sus. to become aware of; suspect (esp in the phrase suss it)
sharpness of mind; social astuteness
See also sus laws
Word Origin
C20: shortened from suspect
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for suss

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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