suss (out)

Definitions

General English

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

Slang

  • 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’.
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