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on suss

old-fashioned slang On suspicion (of being guilty of something). Primarily heard in UK. We picked up three youths on suss of robbing a local newsagent.
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suss out

1. To determine, discover, or come to understand something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "suss" and "out." I spent the entire class trying to suss out the meaning of the poem, but I just couldn't get it. It took him a little while, but he sussed it out eventually. We've sent our best operatives to suss the enemy's intentions out.
2. To observe and form an opinion about or estimation of someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "suss" and "out." I strolled around the arena sussing out the competition. I always insist on test-driving a car to suss it out before I'm willing to spend any money.
See also: out, suss

suss someone out

Sl. to try to figure someone out. I can't seem to suss Tom out. What a strange guy. I don't have any luck sussing out people I don't know well.
See also: out, suss

on suss

on suspicion of having committed a crime. British informal
Suss is an abbreviation of suspicion , earlier and more correctly spelled sus . Until its abolition in 1981 , a law nicknamed the sus law allowed the police to arrest a person on the suspicion that they were likely to commit a crime.
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suss out

v. Slang
1. To infer or discover something; figure something out: The spy sussed out our plans before we began. I don't know his intentions, but I plan to suss them out.
2. To study and evaluate someone; size someone up: They sussed me out and decided I was trustworthy. She's good at sussing out people who apply for the job.
See also: out, suss

suss someone out

(ˈsəs...)
tv. to try to figure someone out. I can’t seem to suss Tom out. What a strange guy.
See also: out, someone, suss
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As a new campaign, Get Sussed, is launched to address the escalating numbers of overweight and obese young people, it has also emerged that almost half of secondary school-age children in Wales think that school meals are unhealthy.
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If they are indeed guilty of what you say, don't you think I would have sussed them out by now?
Regarding the lady whose husband has been offered a job in Dubai, I agree that she and her family should stay at home at least until he has sussed out the lay of the land.
Even at the tender age of eight, however, Rachel Gourley seems to have sussed out just what it takes - after all, she's beating all comers.
Next up, the yawnsome old cliche that newly-promoted sides always fade in the latter part of the campaign 'once everyone's sussed them out', followed by an all-out assault on 'second-season syndrome'.
Sophie Colling from the lifestyle website myspecialk.co.uk said: "It seems women in their fifties have it sussed when it comes to really understanding the relationship between feeling good on the inside and looking great, and what they need to do to achieve this."
CHOCOHOLICS can try fair trade chocolate between June 8 and 13 at ethical shop Sussed, 92 John Street, Porthcawl.
It was the tactic which won Boro the Second Division championship in 1974 and, until it was sussed by the rest of football, took the Teessiders to the very brink of ultimate success in the top flight.
The nine-year-old scored just once from 29 attempts in Ireland, but Lavelle has a great record with recruits from other stables and will have this gelding sussed after his first two runs for her.
By midnight last night, none of the stars had sussed Chantelle's secret.
But Sidhu and brother Harjit, 25, were placed under surveillance and a lip reader revealed Harjit Sidhu bragging about how he was "going to Hawaii later in the year" and that police "haven't sussed anything", Kingston Crown Court was told.
Moyes is pretty sussed and he knows that his defence is the weakest link.
The filly was tried over hurdles before owners John and Sylvia Cleeve sent him to Buckley at the start of the year, but her new trainer soon sussed that sprinting was her game and she has now won twice and been second three times for him from only five starts.
SMITHY SAYS: Clearly you think you've got it sussed, John, but you are not the one who won five trophies in a year.