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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 one'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 it on

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
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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 Division Two North, second-placed COBRA picked up a 64-9 victory at Rhyl, running in six tries, while in Two East, Fleur De Lys also scored six tries in a 54-6 victory over Abercynon.
Kenfig Hill ran in eight tries in a stunning 48-0 win over Pencoed with two each for Gareth Russell and Tom Maund and Penallta had a good 23-17 win at Fleur-de-Lys.
Nuneaton: tries Cave (3), Takarangi (2), Moore, Thomas; penalties Thomas; conversions Thomas (3).
At signal, each tries to knock the other over or force him to let go of his ankles; winner gets to crow like a rooster.
Very few of the tries were memorable and it wasn't until the last one that Swansea showed class behind the scrum.
Full back Ben Morgan fired Sutton into an early lead with a penalty - but it all went downhill as Scunthorpe stormed back with four tries before the break.
Jamie Garland converted one of the three tries to hand the hosts a 17-10 half-time lead after Lewis Williams had replied for Pontypridd with their second unconverted score.
Early tries from James Roby and Willie Manu gave Saints a 10-0 lead before Isaac John replied for the visitors.
New signing Todd Carney scored two tries as Castleford Tigers came from 10-0 down to beat Championship side Featherstone 20-10.
Wales will have to buck their usual trend under Gatland by running in the tries against Namibia and Fiji if they want to be pretty much guaranteed a passage into the quarter-finals.
The Vikings led 24-10 at the break as Grant Gore, Logan Tomkins, Ben Kavanagh and Steve Tyrer all claimed tries.
Two tries from Tom James, along with a pair of Gareth McCarthy penalties, turned the tide.
Thunder conceded three tries in the opening 12 minutes and at one stage trailed by 20 points.
Whatever method a parent tries to stop a baby's crying, do it long enough so that it becomes ``boring'' for the infant, advises Jones; the repetition has a lulling effect.