dope out

dope out
transitive verb
1. slang : to figure out from one's interpretation of what information is available

lists of football games around the country which he had been doping out — T.H.White b.1915

a. : to devise by system

then some practical guy came along later and doped out how it could be sold — Theodore Morrison

b. : to puzzle out, solve, or discover by mental effort or ingenuity

the specifications are there … could you dope them out and build the boat without blueprints — K.M.Dodson

c. : to reason or infer by guess

anyone with half an eye could dope out from this that there's a big deal, that it's a back-door deal — Claud Cockburn

d. : to discern the identity and intentions of

I could see him stare as he tried to dope us out — Saul Bellow

2. slang : to plan out or arrange in advance

we are to dope out a full year's schedule of major and minor sports

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dope out [phrasal verb]
dope out (something) or dope (something) out US : to understand or find (something, such as a reason or a solution) by thinking : to figure out (something)

She's still trying to dope out exactly what happened.

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