try it on


British, informal
: to behave badly so that someone becomes annoyed or angry
often + with
Don't take any notice of him—he's only trying it on with you.
: to try to start a sexual relationship with someone
often + with
He tried it on with a girl at the pub.

Examples of try it on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Opt for ultra-flatting baby blue, and if you’re not used to wearing a statement color on your nails, try it on your toes first as a practice run. Georgia Day, Vogue, 28 June 2024 The tangy sauce is a delight on salmon, but feel free to try it on chicken and shrimp as well. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 22 Feb. 2024 The team displayed the prototype at a high school fair, and a young amputee named Ernest Priester, 13, asked to try it on. Lizzie Hyman, Peoplemag, 10 Oct. 2023 Consumers want to be able to touch and feel the product and try it on. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Sep. 2023 The only way to know whether or not a hiking boot will fit your foot is to try it on. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 26 July 2023 Then try it on a shorter hike to assure that there are no hot spots, slippage, or anything else that might impact your experience before logging in serious miles. Nathan Borchelt, Travel + Leisure, 26 June 2023 Trump snatched the bodysuit and insisted that Carroll try it on. Benjamin Weiser,, 24 Apr. 2023 The shoe is long and narrow, so make sure to try it on in-store. Nerisha Penrose,, 22 Apr. 2023

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“Try it on.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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