Definition of work someone out in English:

work someone out

phrasal verb

  • Understand someone's character.

    • ‘His hands are tender rather than frantic, he's concentrating, working me out, paying attention to detail, reciprocating in kind rather than just grabbing what's on offer.’
    • ‘There is an obvious temptation to stay with a winning line-out but, very clearly, in this age of detailed video analysis, the other countries have worked Scotland out.’
    • ‘They just can't work him out, so they mump and moan and gripe and groan about how he doesn't lead from the front.’
    • ‘He's so good in fact it seems virtually no one has worked him out.’
    • ‘Eve's relationship with this man, her superior, is brambly and intriguing; she is unable to work him out.’