try at

*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.
See also: try

*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.
See also: try
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A number of breaks from the home backs failed to bring reward and straight after prop Rhys Thomas was yellow carded, referee Hennessey awarded Bridgend a penalty try at a scrum.
Llanelli hit back quickly when flanker Craig Price put Lewis in under the posts and they then got a penalty try at the scrum for a 26-14 interval lead.
Coventry conceded a penalty try at a scrum to go behind inside five minutes.
Saints' Ade Gardner beats Hull KR's Michael Dobson to go over for a second-half try at Craven Park Picture: DAVE KENDALL
He scored his first try at scrum-half and the second at full-back after a reshuffle which came when No.