college try


Definition of college try

: a zealous all-out effort

Examples of college try in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What’s to come The future is murky as colleges try to plan for autumn. Jennifer Smola,, "COVID-19 pandemic costing Ohio colleges millions," 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, "Restaurants, bars could get shut down, lose liquor license for violating large crowd ban," 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,, "Military veterans aren’t traditional students, but local colleges aim to ease the transition: ‘It is a culture shock when you get out’," 14 Aug. 2019 Hampshire isn’t the only college trying to solve this problem. Eliza Gray, Washington Post, "The cautionary tale of Hampshire College and the broken business model of American higher education," 21 Oct. 2019 Lees gives new meaning to giving it the old college try. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "Five things to watch during UCLA’s training camp," 30 July 2019 My brother covered his mouth as if to cough, and once more gave it the old college try. Mike Kerrigan, WSJ, "My Brother the Car Horn," 27 Nov. 2018 As cities, counties, companies, and colleges try to move away from diesel, factories like BYD's stand to grow quickly. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Are diesel’s days numbered? A view from a trip to BYD’s electric bus factory," 14 Aug. 2018 Both are decorative items in the collage, like the polished rocks, although the test kitchen gave ground starfish the old college try. Pete Wells, New York Times, "The New Noma: Frequently Asked Questions," 24 Apr. 2018

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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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10 May 2020

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“College try.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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