try as I may

try as I may

 and try as I might
Cliché a phrase that introduces an expression of regret or failure. Bill: Try as I may, I cannot get this thing put together right. Andy: Did you read the instructions? Rachel: Wow! This place is a mess! Mother: Try as I might, I can't get Andrew to clean up after himself.
See also: may, try
References in classic literature ?
And as for--as for Lady Muriel, try as I may, I cannot read her feelings towards me.
There is serious mischief somewhere; and, try as I may to discover it, it is mischief beyond my finding.
but try as I may, I cannot trace it back to its source.