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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

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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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.
CHRISTOPHE Berra has dampened early optimism around Molineux and insisted that Wolves have been "sussed out" this season.
You can't kid a kid so if the "flying stage" and flashy pyrotechnics had been mere diversionary tactics to disguise sub-standard songs, McFly would have been sussed out after two numbers.
"BRISTOL City are flying high, but I think they've been sussed out.
I SEE our MEPs have been sussed out for being just as dishonest as MPs at Westminster.
A basic grasp of arithmetic would have that sussed out the first time it happened
Local spots were sussed out. They didn't need to be bust-free, but at least the type of place you wouldn't get run off from in the first five minutes.
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Fast as a racehorse but he was eventually sussed out by defenders who just stood off him a bit.
"Eventually, people sussed out how we played and the gaffer had to change things.
Ina practice session on the Holyhead venue a month ago, the Scots sussed out that clean water would mean scratching for small stuff close in.
"He sussed out that it was quite easy to ask reception for a key to the team manager's room while the manager was away and for three months he phoned home every day AT NO EXPENSE."
Yes, the Chinese have finally sussed out the rich truffle market and are making ``fake'' truffles, as well as the usual dodgy Rolex watches and Burberry handbags.