suss out

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of suss out

British, informal
1 : to find or discover (something) by thinking
  • They had to suss out whether he was telling the truth.
  • I'm trying to suss him out. What kind of person is he?
  • I think I've got him sussed out.
2 : to inspect or investigate (something) in order to gain more knowledge
  • He carefully sussed out the situation.

Word by Word Definitions

suss play
  1. : figure out

  2. : to inspect or investigate so as to gain more knowledge

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats


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