old college try

old college try

a valiant effort. Will made the old college try, but that wasn't enough to get the job done.
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I say 'work with' because I honestly wanted to contribute 100 per cent of my efforts and give it the good old college try.
We didn't come up here to give it the old college try.
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.
I gave it the old college try, but realized no amount of detailed explanation was going to work.
Even those who give it the old college try don't benefit from the experience.
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 .
Reading Ghost Hunters, it's hard not to reserve some admiration for the handful of academics who gave it the old college try.
Giving a long-distance relationship the old college try is a proud tradition, Begun reports.
Giving Holiday Vacation Homes The Old College Try Source: The Colosseum
There will be a blessing of students and faculty, with a message by ordained elder Kirsten Kelso, "Giving It the Old College Try.
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.
The corporate scene of pro sports can hardly substitute for the spirit of college ball, but in Bryant's case, the pros have given it the old college try.
We have learned that being successful in providing today's educational facilities with affordable, reliable and high-performance SAN solutions takes more than the old college try," said Zophar Sante, Vice President of Market Development at SANRAD.
Losing to this group doesn't make losing any easier - in the NBA, the old college try isn't good enough - but neither is it a dereliction of duty.
In the "Back-To-School" area, users will be able to choose from a selection of four different categories, "Smart Shopping," "Food For Thought," "School Days," and "The Old College Try.