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suss

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verb (used with object)

Chiefly British Slang. to investigate or figure out (usually followed by out).

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Origin of suss

First recorded in 1965–70; earlier, to suspect, a suspect, shortening of suspect
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British Dictionary definitions for suss

suss
/ (sʌs) /

verb (tr) 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)

noun

sharpness of mind; social astuteness
See also sus laws

Word Origin for suss

C20: shortened from suspect
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