college try

noun

Definition of college try

: a zealous all-out effort

Examples of college try in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But none of them got a chance at one final college try at triumph. oregonlive, 26 Dec. 2020 The old college try: John Caniglia reports on how the back-and-forth and uncertainty over the presidential election results has revived calls to dump one of America’s oldest political institutions, the Electoral College. cleveland, 5 Nov. 2020 Still, the State University System’s Board of Governors is obliged to give it the old college try. Star Tribune, 28 Sep. 2020 What’s to come The future is murky as colleges try to plan for autumn. Jennifer Smola, Cincinnati.com, 26 Apr. 2020 Coronavirus has colleges trying to keep students safe, but some have sent students packing indefinitely, with effects for the whole community. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, 15 Mar. 2020 Recognizing the unique challenges and perspective of students who are veterans, many colleges try to reach out to that group, offering assistance with paperwork, information about various benefits and social opportunities. Kate Thayer, chicagotribune.com, 14 Aug. 2019 Hampshire isn’t the only college trying to solve this problem. Eliza Gray, Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2019 Lees gives new meaning to giving it the old college try. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of college try

1918, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for college try

from the phrase "give it the old college try"

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The first known use of college try was in 1918

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“College try.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/college%20try. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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