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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Despite an ankle injury, the Texas governor gave the performance the old college try, tying with the "Ice Ice Baby" singer.
I say 'work with' because I honestly wanted to contribute 100 per cent of my efforts and give it the good old college try.
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.
I had another college try, and soon after that I met my current wife, Audrey.
The book can be seen as a college try at a complex process the academy is just starting to think about.
CUTTING EDGE Students at Longbenton Community College try out the table top
The Sharks lost the debate on Russell's goal, the Falcons lost the argument on MacIntyre's goal, but there was no doubt about Irwin's winner, and the Sharks had their second victory in the last nine games, thanks to the old college try.
Even those who give it the old college try don't benefit from the experience.
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.
One university is giving ebooks the old college try this year.
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