suss (out)


General English

  • phrasal verb
    (written as suss out)
    to discover something


  • verb to discern, discover, deduce or realise. A vogue expression among beatniks of the early 1960s (in the longer form); it had probably been in sporadic use before that. At first the phrase usually meant to perceive someone’s true nature or intentions, it is now a fairly common colloquialism, often meaning no more than to ‘work out’.