give it the old college try

Definition of give it the old college try

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!

Word by Word Definitions

give play
  1. : to make a present of

  2. : to grant or bestow by formal action

  3. : to accord or yield to another

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

  2. : the ability of a material to bend or stretch

old play
  1. : dating from the remote past : ancient

  2. : persisting from an earlier time

  3. : of long standing

  1. : one of a specified age

  2. : old or earlier time

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

  2. : a building used for an educational or religious purpose

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

try play
  1. : to make an attempt

  2. : to make an attempt at

  3. : to put to test or trial

  1. : an experimental trial : attempt

  2. : 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


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