college try


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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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We would give it the old college try in spite of our misgivings.
"They really gave it the old college try," a source told the news outlet.
Still, being the person that I am, I thought I'd give it a good ole college try. It couldn't be that hard to train a machine learning algorithm to write like me, surely.
Petersburg College, explain how to replicate a 3D printer--or at least give it the old college try.
When they were born, their dad asked me if I knew how to make Osage baby boards, and I said that "no, I didn't know how, but I would give it the old college try".
Even if they didn't get very far, the Mongols, Muslims, and Turks gave it the college try. And then there was the papacy.
Another target market to enroll more males is one who delayed a post-secondary education or stopped out of an earlier college try. Some research indicates men are more likely to put off college enrollment--opting instead for the military or a vocation right out of high school.
I say 'work with' because I honestly wanted to contribute 100 per cent of my efforts and give it the good old college try. What sort of set the ball rolling was the phone call I received the week I joined the gym, back home in Johannesburg.
Graduate Oxford, located at 400 North Lamar Blvd., near the courthouse square, has indeed given its best college try to weave itself into the local fabric.
Far Eastern U and Emilio Aguinaldo College try to finish off their rivals as they go for a sweep in their respective battles for third place today at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
It takes more than the good ol' college try to succeed in today's student housing market.
Two basketball documentaries air this weekend in advance of the NCAA tournament, with one earning championship honors and the other settling for the old college try. ESPN seldom connects the dots as well in examining sports' role in society--or the network's own enormous influence--than in "Requiem for the Big East," while CBS essentially delivers a somewhat diluted version of "Hoop Dreams" with "Summer Dreams," following various hopefuls as they go through the NBA Summer League.
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