Here’s the situation. My friend started a new job today and we were having a chat in WhatsApp.
Me: Hey, how’s it going?
Friend: I’m good. I’m just waiting to go in to my new office!
Me: Cool. Exciting times! How do you feel?
Friend: A bit nervous. I need to suss it out first.
MEANING: To suss (something) out means to discover or understand something. My friend wants to suss out his new office environment, which means he wants to discover more about it, he wants to know more about it before he decides whether he likes it or not.
You can also suss a person out, meaning to understand them more or know more about them over time. For example,
A: Have you met the new boss yet?
B: Yeah, he was very friendly. But I think I still need more time to suss him out. (I still want more time to understand more about him before I make any more judgments).
QUESTION – ANSWER IN THE COMMENTS BELOW
Have you had to suss anyone out recently?