Entry from US English dictionary
A sincere effort or attempt at performing a difficult, or seemingly impossible, task: the chances of overturning this decision are slim, but the Democrats will give it the old college try
More example sentences
- I saw that it featured some Nancy numbers with LEE HAZLEWOOD, and being an admirer of the latter & his duets with the former, I gave it the old college try.
- You can't say he isn't giving it the old college try though.
- He gave it the college try, but… things just didn't jell for him here.
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Syllabification: col·lege try
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