puzzle out something

puzzle out (something) to study something in order to understand it.

The reader shouldn't have to puzzle out what the writer means..


New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • puzzle over something — puzzle over (something) to give a lot of attention and thought to something. I puzzled over those words, trying to understand their hidden message. Related vocabulary: tease out something …   New idioms dictionary

  • puzzle out — (something) to study something in order to understand it. The reader shouldn t have to puzzle out what the writer means …   New idioms dictionary

  • puzzle out — verb find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of (Freq. 2) did you solve the problem? Work out your problems with the boss this unpleasant situation isn t going to work itself out did you get it? Did you get my… …   Useful english dictionary

  • figure out something — figure out (something) to understand something by thinking about it. After I figured out that I would earn only eighty cents an hour, I said forget it. She spent an hour trying to install the software, but John finally figured it out. Related… …   New idioms dictionary

  • tease out something — tease out (something) to carefully separate particular facts from a great deal of information. What has always been interesting for me is how you can tease out the reasons for an event as you review its history. After a while, you learn how to… …   New idioms dictionary

  • puzzle something out — ˌpuzzle sthˈout derived to find the answer to a difficult or confusing problem by thinking carefully Syn: ↑work out • puzzle something out why, what, etc… He was trying to puzzle out why he had been brought to the house. Main entry: ↑puzzle …   Useful english dictionary

  • puzzle over — (something) to give a lot of attention and thought to something. I puzzled over those words, trying to understand their hidden message. Related vocabulary: tease out something …   New idioms dictionary

  • puzzle — puz|zle1 [ˈpʌzəl] n 1.) a game or toy that has a lot of pieces that you have to fit together →↑jigsaw ▪ a child s wooden puzzle 2.) a game in which you have to think hard to solve a difficult question or problem ▪ a crossword puzzle 3.) [usually… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • puzzle — puz|zle1 [ pʌzl ] noun count * 1. ) usually singular someone or something that you cannot understand: puzzle to: She was a puzzle to him. 2. ) a game consisting of many pieces that you have to fit together correctly: a jigsaw puzzle a ) a game… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • puzzle — 1 verb (T) 1 to confuse someone or make them feel slightly anxious because they do not understand something: What puzzles me is how the burglar got into the house without setting off the alarm. 2 (I, T) to think for a long time about something… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English


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