suss out


verb (used with object)
Chiefly British Slang. to investigate or figure out (usually followed by out ).

1965–70; earlier, to suspect, a suspect, shortening of suspect Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
suss (sʌs)
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)
3.  sharpness of mind; social astuteness
[C20: shortened from suspect]

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Word Origin & History

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