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puzzle out



puzzle out (third-person singular simple present puzzles out, present participle puzzling out, simple past and past participle puzzled out)

  1. To figure out; to discover or find a solution; to deduce.
    • 1945, George Orwell, Animal Farm, chapter 6
      [] but Clover, who thought she remembered a definite ruling against beds, went to the end of the barn and tried to puzzle out the Seven Commandments which were inscribed there.