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[suhs] /sʌs/
verb (used with object)
Chiefly British Slang. to investigate or figure out (usually followed by out).
Origin of suss
First recorded in 1965-70; earlier, to suspect, a suspect, shortening of suspect Unabridged
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verb (transitive) (slang)
(often foll by out) to attempt to work out (a situation, person's character, etc), esp using one's intuition
Also sus. to become aware of; suspect (esp in the phrase suss it)
sharpness of mind; social astuteness
See also sus laws
Word Origin
C20: shortened from suspect
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"to figure out, investigate and discover," 1966, earlier "to suspect" (1953, police jargon), a slang shortening of suspect (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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suss out

verb phrase

To discover by intuition or inquiry; find out; learn: I sussed out Whoosh was the chief my first time here/ I've got to start sussing out nonscuzzy places to pee all along our most-traveled routes

[1966+; fr suspect or suspicion, attested as sus in British sources by 1930s; perhaps popularized and brought to the US by British rock-and-roll groups]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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