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*try at someone

 and *shot at someone; *crack at someone; *go at someone *stab at someone
an attempt to convince someone of something; an attempt to try to get information out of someone; an attempt to try to train someone to do something. (The expressions with shot and crack are more informal than the main entry phrase. (*Typically: take ~; have ~; give someone ~.) Let me have a crack at him. I can make him talk. Let the new teacher have a try at Billy. She can do marvels with unwilling learners. Give me a crack at him. I know how to make these bums talk.
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*try at something

 and *shot at something; *crack at something; *go at something; *stab at something; *whack at something
to take a turn at trying to do something. (*Typically: take ~; have ~; give someone ~.) All of us wanted to have a try at the prize-winning shot. Let Sally have a shot at it. If you let me have a crack at it, maybe I can be successful.
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Thicker annual rings are created in order to stabilize the developing crack at the wound.
The crack at this stage propagated from node G to node I (Figure 5).
The simply supported rectangular plates have a crack at depth ([h.
2] are shear modulus for materials 1 and 2; c is the distance from the middle of the crack at the interface plane; r, [theta] are polar coordinates, k = 3-4v for the plane strain case and k = (3--v)/(1+v) for the plane stress case, v is Poisson coefficient, and g is the parameter that expresses the magnitude of the applied load.
This implies that a tensile crack at the macro-scale could start from the center of the disk, but experimental observations suggest that the crack starts from the areas near the loading plates.
Dust and paint in the crack at the initiation point suggest that this crack developed over time.
For example, for tough polymers, the Charpy three-point-bend method required, in addition to a notch, a very sharp crack at the root of the notch before crack initiation could be achieved.
In contrast, the edges of the S-EB-S TPE strips did not crack at either ozone exposure level.
the initiation of a crack at a surface that has either residual tensile stresses (possibly produced by machining operations), or applied tensile stresses (as in external forces produced by gear tooth loading);
The company decided to initiate the recall after an analysis of tires returned for adjustment showed a design-related issue that could result in surface crack at the edge of the tread and shoulder.
If scientists pour molten iron into a narrow crack at least 300 meters deep, the pressure at the bottom of the fissure would be enough to fracture the rock there, Stephenson says.
The Esterene program in California is now banned, but Siegel located 175 people in the Los Angeles area who concocted crack at home for a variety of reasons.