college try

noun

Definition of college try 

: a zealous all-out effort

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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 The category was football and not only did none of three presumed geniuses on the show get any of the questions correct, none of them buzzed in even once to a give it the ol' college try. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "'Jeopardy!' trolls Browns after contestants fail miserably in football category," 2 Feb. 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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