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A for effort

A verbal acknowledgement of appreciation for attempting a task, even if it did not produce a successful result. You forgot to sand the wood before you painted it, but I'll give you an A for effort since you tried to help.
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an all-out effort

An attempt made with one's full attention and/or fortitude; one's best effort. To beat the best team in the league, we need to make an all-out effort tonight, boys. As soon as I got an academic warning, I started an all-out effort to improve my grades.
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last-ditch effort

A final effort or attempt to solve a problem or avoid failure or defeat, especially after a series of failures or setbacks. The home team is mounting one last-ditch effort in the final seconds of the game to try to force an overtime showdown. In a last-ditch effort to avoid a government shutdown, congress has pushed forward a new spending bill meant to plug the debt ceiling for another year.
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spare no effort to (do something)

To put the maximum amount of effort into something; to work as hard as possible to do something. Police have spared no effort in securing the area ahead of the event. We will spare no effort in bringing those responsible to justice.
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* A for effort

Fig. acknowledgement for having tried to do something, even if it was not successful. (*Typically: get ~; give someone ~.) The plan didn't work, but I'll give you an A for effort for trying.
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*an all-out effort

a very good and thorough effort. (*Typically: begin ~; have ~; make ~; start ~.) We need to make an all-out effort to get this job done on time. The government began an all-out effort to reduce the federal budget.
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*last-ditch effort

Fig. a final effort; the last possible attempt. (*Typically: be ~; have ~; make ~.) I made one last-ditch effort to get her to stay. It was a last-ditch effort. I didn't expect it to work.
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make every effort to do something

to try very hard to accomplish something. I will make every effort to be there on time.
See also: effort, every, make

all out

With all one's strength, ability, or resources; not holding back. For example, They are going all out to make the fund-raiser a success. This seemingly modern term dates from about 1300, when it meant "completely" or "wholly." It now refers to making a great effort and is also used adjectivally, as in an all-out effort. This usage became current in America in the late 1800s, with reference to races and other kinds of athletic exertion. In the mid-1900s it gave rise to the phrase to go all out and was transferred to just about any energetic undertaking. Also see go whole hog.
See also: all, out

last-ditch effort

A desperate final attempt, as in We're making a last-ditch effort to finish on time. This expression alludes to the military sense of last ditch, "the last line of defense." Its figurative use dates from the early 1800s.
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all out

using all your strength or resources.
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bend your ˈmind/ˈefforts to something

(formal) think very hard about or put a lot of effort into one particular thing
See also: bend, effort, mind, something

a ˌlast-ditch ˈstand/atˈtempt/ˈeffort

a final attempt to avoid defeat: They are making a last-ditch stand to save the company.This is a last-ditch attempt to stop the strike. Ditch in this idiom refers to a long channel built to defend an area against attack.
See also: attempt, effort, stand

all out

With all one's strength, ability, or resources.
See also: all, out
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It has been proposed that choosing is effortful in part due to search costs, the "time, effort, risk, and regret associated with pursuing a particular end" (Wieczorkowska & Burnstein, 1999, p.
In any classroom, and especially the music classroom, educators must endeavor to foster an environment based upon a fundamental grounding in effortful attributions for a student to be successful, rather than a belief in innate talent.
Teacher-student support, effortful engagement, and achievement: A 3-year longitudinal study.
Although temperament is often thought of as a set of stable traits, Rothbart and Bates (2006), among others, have argued that temperament, and, in particular, effortful control, develops over time.
Fluency problems in learners with autism can manifest in many ways including effortful or laborious motor responses, long durations of responses and long latencies in responding, all of which can result in poor learning and social outcomes.
Conclusions and Recommendations The health care literature has demonstrated many advantages to HFS, particularly its ability to offer a safe environment for improving competencies through effortful, repeated practice (Gaba, 2004).
Molanphy's sisyphean solution to the circle-square dilemma was an effortful passion that suggested obsession of the highest order: so exclusive that it created a closed abstract system.
In contrast, S2, referred to as explicit processing, is slow, effortful, and logical, corresponding most closely to the rational model of decision making.
Pokharel termed that Maoist movement was merely a problem and clarified that the government was effortful to resolve the deadlock on the basis of constitutional procedures after forging national consensus.
This study is the first to use virtual-reality technology on a series of clinical patients to make hypnotic analgesia less effortful for patients and to increase the efficiency of hypnosis by eliminating the need for the presence of a trained clinician.
For an individual without a relevant sophisticated schema base (a child, or perhaps an adult without the schemas that included academic jargon), this task would be effortful.
Splaying open the ribs or letting them slouch--even if it feels comfortable--can throw off your line and make your movement more effortful than it needs to be.
To address this, a behavioral momentum procedure was used in which effortful academic tasks were interspersed within sequences of effortless tasks such as crossword puzzles and word searches.
In an article published in Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes, they concluded that "the use of the center-stage heuristic substitutes for the effortful processing of individuating information, leading to a biased (favorable) assessment of people in the center.
In psychology, effortful thought is called elaboration.