college try

noun

Definition of college try

: a zealous all-out effort

Examples of college try in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Reconciling the humor, pathos and darkness of Francie’s story in the scope of a musical might be impossible, but credit Mr. Muldoon for giving it a fine college try—in this case perhaps a literal one. Charles Isherwood, WSJ, 4 Aug. 2022 But he was hired to give it the old college try — one more time, at least. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 3 Oct. 2021 But none of them got a chance at one final college try at triumph. oregonlive, 26 Dec. 2020 Still, the State University System’s Board of Governors is obliged to give it the old college try. Star Tribune, 28 Sep. 2020 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, 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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The first known use of college try was in 1918

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Last Updated

9 Aug 2022

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“College try.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/college%20try. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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