Definition of nice try
: a good effort or attempt to do something Nice try. I'm sure you'll do better next time. —usually used in an ironic way to say that an attempt at something was not very good or was not a nice thing to do Nice try, but you're not going to trick me this time.
Word by Word Definitions
: 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
: 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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