give (something) (one's) best shot

give (something) (one's) best shot

To put one's utmost energy, effort, or determination into doing something. I gave writing my best shot, but I just don't think I can make a career out of it. Don't worry about being new, just give it your best shot.
See also: give, shot
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give something one's best shot

 and give one's best
Fig. to give a task one's best effort. I gave the project my best shot. Sure, try it. Give it your best!
See also: give, shot
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

give something your best shot

INFORMAL
COMMON If you give something difficult your best shot, you try as hard as you can to achieve it. I don't think the Republic have enough quality players to become World Champions, but they'll give it their best shot. As long as I play tennis, I'll keep coming back and giving Wimbledon my best shot. Note: You can also simply describe a course of action as someone's best shot when it is the best chance they have of achieving something. Analysts say Canada's best shot at economic recovery is continued growth in the United States.
See also: give, shot, something
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

give it your best shot

try as hard as you can to do something. informal
See also: give, shot
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

give it your best ˈshot

try as hard as you can to do or achieve something: I probably won’t win the game, but I’ll give it my best shot.
See also: give, shot
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