give it one's best shot

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give it (one's) best shot

To put forth one's best effort in an attempt to do or accomplish something. Henry gave it his best shot, but the board still denied his proposal.
See also: give, shot

give it one's best shot

Make one's hardest or most enthusiastic attempt, as in I don't know if I can do it, but I'll give it my best shot. This expression employs shot in the sense of "attempt," a usage dating from the mid-1700s.
See also: give, shot
References in classic literature ?
Let us go out and drink to the very good health of Monsieur Tarzan in some of old Plancon's unparalleled absinth; not forgetting that the Count de Coude is one of the best swordsmen in Paris, and by far the best shot in all France.
He is in perfect health, and he is the best shot among us.
I saw you do it--I observed you pick him out--I noticed you, as you raised your piece to take aim; and I will say this, that the best shot in existence could not have done it more beautifully.
He was the best shot in India, and I expect that there are few better in London.
I knew exactly what I was doing, for I knew of the existence of this remarkable gun, and I knew also that one of the best shots in the world would be behind it.
And then it was, with that little life in danger, that I made the best shot I have ever made in my life
He was one of the best shots in England, and, for a heavy man, one of the best riders; indeed, he and Crawley had been rivals when the latter was in the Army.
In the case of 10 or more network cameras are connected to the system, the costs can be reduced by about 40 to 50% compared to conventional systems that do not use the Best Shot function.
DUBAI -- West Indian batsman Darren Bravo vowed to give his best shot on the challenge of facing a newly introduced pink ball in the day-night Test against Pakistan starting in Dubai on Thursday.
The Olongapo-born son of a former US Navy sailor and his Filipino wife, the former Maria Brosas, said it doesn't matter if he races with the big names in his heat as long as 'I stick to my pace and give it my best shot in the last 100 meters.
CHRIS Evans has quit Top Gear after just one series, saying his best shot was "not enough".
Chris Evans - sometimes your best shot is not enough
And Murray is calling on his players to go out and give it their best shot.
But at the same time you have got to go into the tournament with a bit of belief and confi-dence, and give it your best shot.
THE best shot of the royal parents, child and the press was captured by photographer Lewis Whyld, using a camera on the end of a fishing rod.