not for lack/want of trying

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not for (a) lack of trying

Despite putting forth a decent amount of effort or energy. A: "So, did he agree to go on a date with you?" B: "No. Not for lack of trying, mind you." I'm sorry your team lost, but it wasn't for a lack of trying!
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not for lack/want of ˈtrying

used to say that although somebody has not succeeded in something, they have tried very hard: He’s had no success in finding a job, though not for lack of trying.
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This is not for lack of trying, but rather because their parents and granrents not only outnumber them, but selfishly ignore their views.
My decision to leave the IEBC will disappoint some of you, but it is not for lack of trying.
It's not for lack of trying," said Rowan Trollope, senior vice president and general manager, IoT and applications, Cisco.
The Trump family business There may be no Trump Tower in Moscow or St Petersburg, but it is not for lack of trying.
For one, and contrary to popular expectation, he has not been the main pillar of the Leave campaign, and not for lack of trying.
Due to Ramadan, no Saudi delegates attended this year's IPW, "but not for lack of trying," said Jimmy Eichelgruen, International Advisory Chair, Saudi Arabia & Bahrain, also the director of sales for Delta Airlines in Africa, Middle East and Indian Sub-Continent.
Clinton's campaign spokesman said there was no successful breach of the service's security, but that evidently was not for lack of trying.
IT HAS TAKEN Hollywood more than four decades to turn the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment into a movie, but not for lack of trying.
The controversies were few and far between, but not for lack of trying.
However, he acknowledged that's not for lack of trying.
However, he acknowledged it's not for lack of trying.
If anything has been missed, it's not for lack of trying.
Cox said his racing wish list had long included winning the bet365-sponsored first-day feature, and it was not for lack of trying that success had eluded him.
He said: "It's not for lack of trying but sometimes negotiating with the BBC can be a frustrating process and there are times when I have wondered if the corporation understand the realities of today's commercial world.