give it the old college try

Definition of give it the old college try

US, old-fashioned

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

Word by Word Definitions

giveplay
  1. :  to make a present of

    :  to grant or bestow by formal action

    :  to accord or yield to another

  1. :  capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain :  flexibility

    :  the ability of a material to bend or stretch

  1. :  dating from the remote past :  ancient

    :  persisting from an earlier time

    :  of long standing

collegeplay
  1. :  a body of clergy living together and supported by a foundation

    :  a building used for an educational or religious purpose

    :  a self-governing constituent body of a university offering living quarters and sometimes instruction but not granting degrees —called also residential college

  1. :  to make an attempt

    :  to put to test or trial

    :  to subject to something (such as undue strain or excessive hardship or provocation) that tests the powers of endurance

  1. :  an experimental trial :  attempt

    :  a play in rugby that is similar to a touchdown in football, scores usually five points, and entitles the scoring side to attempt a placekick at the goal for additional points

    :  the score made on a try


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