try for

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of try for

: to make an attempt or effort to get (something)
  • He tried for second place but finished third instead.

Word by Word Definitions

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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