give something the old college try
give (something) the (old) college try
To attempt or try something. I gave knitting the old college try, but I just didn't enjoy it. Give it the college try and I think you'll find that it's easier than you think.
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give something the old college tryAMERICAN, OLD-FASHIONED
If you give something the old college try, you make a great effort to succeed, even if this is not possible. Despite the failure of her last movie, she is still giving acting the old college try.
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