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try (one's) utmost

To put forth the greatest possible amount of effort or energy toward some task or goal; to try as hard as one can. I'll try my utmost to be there for your wedding, but I don't know if I'll have enough money to buy the plane ticket. Janet tried her utmost to save the family farm, but the bank foreclosed on it in the end.
See also: try, utmost

try it on

1. To put on a garment or other wearable item to see if it fits. You won't know if that dress fits unless you try it on. A: "Oh my gosh, I love it, Chad!" B: "Well go on, try it on! See if it fits!"
2. To attempt some form of underhanded behavior or deception, typically with the intention of soliciting something or prompting an action from someone. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. She's always trying it on with us, but we're wise to her games.
See also: on, try

try the patience of (someone)

To frustrate or annoy (someone) by continued unwanted behavior; to test the limits of someone's patience. His tangential questions are clearly trying the patience of the professor, who asked that all questions be held until the end of the lecture.
See also: of, patience, try

try (one's) hand (at something)

To attempt to do something new; to try something for the first time. I need a new hobby. Maybe I'll try my hand at painting! Thanks for letting Janet come to rugby practice with you. I know he's eager to try her hand.
See also: hand, try

try (one's) luck

To attempt to do something where success is not known or guaranteed or relies on good fortune. I'll try my luck to see if I can get the lawnmower working, but we may have to bring it to a mechanic. The young billionaire, who made his fortune in the tech industry, is now trying his luck at the pharmaceutical market. I'll try my luck with the odd slot machine or lottery ticket, but otherwise I don't really care for gambling.
See also: luck, try

try (something) on

1. Literally, to put on a garment or other wearable item to see if it fits. Sometimes expanded to the phrase "try (something) on for size." I'm going to try this dress on to see if it fits, because it's on sale for an incredible price. I'm so glad you like the ring! You should try it on in case we need to get it resized.
2. By extension, to try, use, or consider something in order to make a decision or form an opinion about it. The boss is trying on a new approach to dealing with disobedient employees. The whole point of test driving a car is to try it on for size to see if you feel comfortable in it.
See also: on, try

try (something) out

To try, use, or consider something in order to make a decision or form an opinion about it. The whole point of test driving a car is to try it out and see if you feel comfortable in it. Too hungry for a regular burger? Then try out our new "Ultra Burger," with eight beef patties!
See also: out, try

try a fall with (someone)

old-fashioned To spar, compete, contend with someone. She quickly proved to be an exceptionally talented wrestler, willing to try a fall with anyone from the surrounding areas. I was nervous about trying a fall with a renowned economist in the debate, but I think I did a pretty good job.
See also: fall, try

try conclusions with (someone)

old-fashioned To engage someone in a battle or contest. She quickly proved to be an exceptionally talented wrestler, willing to try a fall with anyone from the surrounding areas. It has become clear following their decision to support this horrible agenda that the government dare not try conclusions with our neighbors up north.
See also: conclusion, try

try (one's) patience

To frustrate or annoy one by continued unwanted behavior; to test the limits of one's patience. His tangential questions are clearly trying the professor's patience, who asked that all questions be held until the end of the lecture. Will you take the kids to the playground for an hour? They're really trying my patience.
See also: patience, try

try every trick in the book

To make use of every possible angle or approach to do or achieve something, especially ways that are clever, cunning, or ethically questionable. I tried every trick in the book to get them to invest, but nothing could persuade them. You can try every trick in the book to get prospective employers to notice you, but if your work ethic isn't fundamentally sound, no one is going to want you working for them.
See also: book, every, trick, try

try it on

BRITISH, INFORMAL
COMMON
1. If someone tries it on, they try to start sexual activity with another person. He was horrible. He tried it on. I was on my own with him.
2. If someone tries it on, they try to get something or do something, often in a dishonest way. They were just trying it on — applying a little pressure in the hope that they would squeeze something out of me.
3. If someone, especially a child, tries it on, they behave badly, to see how badly they can behave before someone stops them. The kids were trying it on with her.
See also: on, try

try it on

1 attempt to deceive or seduce someone. 2 deliberately test someone's patience to see how much you can get away with. British informal
1 2003 This Is Essex The watchdog Energywatch says that energy suppliers are too quick to assume that consumers who are genuinely disputing an inaccurate gas or electricity bill are ‘trying it on’.
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ˌtry it ˈon (with somebody)

(British English, informal) do something that you know is wrong, in order to see if somebody will accept this behaviour or not: The price he asked was far too much. I think he was just trying it on.Don’t try it on with me, pal, or you’ll be sorry.
See also: on, try
References in periodicals archive ?
Three West side Llanelli Wanderers ran in nine tries in a 53-20 win over second from bottom Milford Haven, with full-back Nick Gale scoring a hat-trick, while in Four East, Cwmbran hammered struggling Machen 49-0, while Chepstow ran in eight tries in a 50-3 win over troubled Blaina.
Ian Miller's first-half try put Sutton ahead, while Jonny Raistrict and Luke Smith traded tries before Fraser Tait crossed to give Sutton a 17-8 lead.
In other friendly action Llangennech ran home six tries in their 36-10 friendly win at Bonymaen.
Leeds had trailed 18-0 before hitting back with two tries from new signing Joe Vickery before half-time while Rob Burrow and Ryan Hall added second-half tries to set up an exciting finish which was capped by McGuire's late score.
He alone has scored more than a quarter of the tries run in under Gatland's reign.
The last two Oldham tries arrived in the final 10 minutes of the game and left the Tynesiders in the bottom three - but still only three points off the final play off spot.
PONTYPRIDD: Tries - C Locke, S Humberstone, T Young; Cons - S Humberstone (3).
Sheffield staged a late comeback with tries for Menzie Yere and Simon Brown, but the damage had already been done.
A crowd of 6,632 braved the elements in Bridgend for the Ospreys' first visit and they were not disappointed as they racked up eight tries, five in a one-sided first-half.
The Blacks banked the bonus point in the 55th minute with a McCarthy try, but Ponty closed to 37-24 with tries from Rhys Williams and a second from Bramwell.
But the good work was undone as York added two more tries before the break.
He jumps up and tries to hit me with a tequila bottle.
Six Nations totals - Stanley: 5-6 under 77 tries, 5-6 77 tries or over, 5-6 under 782 points, 5-6 782 or over.
Andrew Sheridan scored a try after just two minutes and, despite Bedford's Dan Harris levelling, winger Spenser Brown and full-back Lee Best added further tries for Bristol.
The Ravens were by no means outclassed and managed six tries and a bonus point in a free flowing contest of 13 tries.