give it the old college try

idiom

US, old-fashioned
: to use one's very best effort : to try very hard
We can win this game if we give it the old college try!

Examples of give it the old college try in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At least Congress can give it the old college try. Andrew Zimbalist, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 But he was hired to give it the old college try — one more time, at least. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 3 Oct. 2021 Still, the State University System’s Board of Governors is obliged to give it the old college try. Star Tribune, 28 Sep. 2020

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“Give it the old college try.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/give%20it%20the%20old%20college%20try. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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