Defined:  1. chiefly British : figure out —usually used with out 2. chiefly British : to inspect or investigate so as to gain more knowledge —usually used with out. TRANSITIVE VERB (

Another heard word.  Suss feels like the endeavor is hands on.  Maybe intellectually trying.  This term brings to my mind’s eye much paper pushing and physical research.  “It will take Detective Sprague weeks to suss out the origin of the screwdriver left at the scene.”  Or should I be an Inspector?  The term is British after all.

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1. To infer or discover; figure out: “I think I’m good at sussing out what’s going on” (Ry Cooder).
2. To size up; study: “Suss out the designers in whom you are interested” (Lucia van der Post).

(The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.)

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)

(Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003)


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