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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DOPE OUT

I'll bet we can dope out some way of putting it over on them.

"I think I can dope out a restricting circuit," Macintyre said.

I'll have no deal with Tamada, beyond gettin' dope out of him.

"We'll have to dope out some way to get something to eat," said Mercer.

I wonder if there isn't some way we can dope out what the rest of it was.

“That settles one thing I was trying to dope out,” said Tom.

At any rate, we must now put our heads together and dope out just what to do in this smuggling case.

I spose youre trying to dope out how the Phantom got out of the room.

Well, it is a lot of money for me, but you see I've helped Jeff dope out both of these pieces.

But when he's through, why, he'll open out his hands to old Prov, and Prov'll dope out his wage.

WORD ORIGIN

1807, American English, "sauce, gravy, thick liquid," from Dutch doop "thick dipping sauce," from doopen "to dip" (cf. dip (v.)). Extension to "drug" is 1889, from practice of smoking semi-liquid opium preparation. Meaning "foolish, stupid person" is older (1851) and may have a sense of "thick-headed." Sense of "inside information" (1901) may come from knowing before the race which horse had been drugged to influence performance. Dope-fiend is attested from 1896.

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