college try

college try

n. Informal
A serious effort to do or achieve something.

col′lege try′


n.
Informal. a maximum effort (usu. prec. by the old): We may not win, but let's give it the old college try.
[1950–55]
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As played by Larry Johnson, Chris is one of those sad sacks who you know isn't going to end up with the girl, but he sure gives it the old college try, and you have to feel a little embarrassing empathy for him when Sarah ushers him out of her apartment when Bob shows up.
Don't think I haven't given it the old college try.
Even those who give it the old college try don't benefit from the experience.
CUTTING EDGE Students at Longbenton Community College try out the table top
We didn't come up here to give it the old college try.
The book can be seen as a college try at a complex process the academy is just starting to think about.
It takes more than the good ol' college try to succeed in today's student housing market.
And Parramatta Eels star Paulo said: "It's great to see kids straight out of college try rugby league and then make an impact.
TOON BARMY: BT workers Charles Bell and Pamela Hay swapped footy shirts at their offices on Newcastle Quayside; TAKE SPLAT: Falcons player Geoff Parling sat in a bath of custard at the U Salon, Gosforth, to raise money for Comic Relief; GREAT EFFORT: Students at South Tyneside College try to break the world record for the most people wearing red noses in one place; WET AND WILD: Pupils of West Denton Primary washing the Chronicle photographer's car for red nose day.
So, the next time you set eyes on a gorgeous bombshell and decide that, after all, you're wearing your lucky socks, you should offer her a drink and give it the old college try .
I gave it the old college try, but realized no amount of detailed explanation was going to work.
Reading Ghost Hunters, it's hard not to reserve some admiration for the handful of academics who gave it the old college try.
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