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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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British Dictionary definitions for suss out

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 out

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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Slang definitions & phrases for suss out

suss out

verb phrase

To discover by intuition or inquiry; find out; learn: I sussed out Whoosh was the chief my first time here/ I've got to start sussing out nonscuzzy places to pee all along our most-traveled routes

[1966+; fr suspect or suspicion, attested as sus in British sources by 1930s; perhaps popularized and brought to the US by British rock-and-roll groups]


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