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try (one's) utmost

To put forth the greatest possible amount of effort or energy toward some task or goal; to try as hard as one can. I'll try my utmost to be there for your wedding, but I don't know if I'll have enough money to buy the plane ticket. Janet tried her utmost to save the family farm, but the bank foreclosed on it in the end.
See also: try, utmost

be tired and emotional

To be drunk. (A semi-polite or humorous euphemism.) Primarily heard in UK. I might be mistaken, but did it seem to you like Sean's father was a bit tired and emotional at the picnic? You must excuse me, I'm a bit tired and emotional just now. I think I'd best be going home to bed.
See also: and, emotional, tired

tried and tested

Proven to be reliable through frequent, widespread, or long-time use. The tried and tested method for getting someone to confess is to just let them keep talking. The tried and tested first food for babies is rice cereal, but you can really feed them anything mushy.
See also: and, test, tried

try it on

1. To put on a garment or other wearable item to see if it fits. You won't know if that dress fits unless you try it on. A: "Oh my gosh, I love it, Chad!" B: "Well go on, try it on! See if it fits!"
2. To attempt some form of underhanded behavior or deception, typically with the intention of soliciting something or prompting an action from someone. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. She's always trying it on with us, but we're wise to her games.
See also: on, try

try the patience of (someone)

To frustrate or annoy (someone) by continued unwanted behavior; to test the limits of one's patience. His tangential questions are clearly trying the patience of the professor, who asked that all questions be held until the end of the lecture.
See also: of, patience, try

try (something) out on (someone)

To test something on someone else, in order to get their feedback on it. These cookies should be a big hit at the bake sale—I tried them out on my kids, and they gobbled them right up! Try your proposal out on me, and I'll tell how good or bad it sounds.
See also: on, out, try

Lord knows I've tried.

Fig. I certainly have tried very hard. Alice: Why don't you get Bill to fix this fence? Mary: Lord knows I've tried. I must have asked him a dozen times—this year alone. Sue: I can't seem to get to class on time. Rachel: That's just awful. Sue: Lord knows I've tried. I just can't do it.
See also: know, lord, tried

tried and true

trustworthy; dependable. (Hyphenated before nominals.) The method I use to cure the hiccups is tried and true. Finally, her old tried-and-true methods failed because she hadn't fine-tuned them to the times.
See also: and, tried, true

tried and true

Tested and proved to be worthy or reliable, as in Let me deal with it-my method is tried and true. [Mid-1900s]
See also: and, tried, true

try it on

1. If someone tries it on, they try to start sexual activity with another person. He was horrible. He tried it on. I was on my own with him.
2. If someone tries it on, they try to get something or do something, often in a dishonest way. They were just trying it on — applying a little pressure in the hope that they would squeeze something out of me.
3. If someone, especially a child, tries it on, they behave badly, to see how badly they can behave before someone stops them. The kids were trying it on with her.
See also: on, try

tried and true

proved effective or reliable by experience.
1967 Listener Miss Aukin had the good sense to use the tried and true concealment gambit by which eventually two young officers, bent on cuckolding a greengrocer, were compelled to hide in the same grandfather clock.
See also: and, tried, true

try it on

1 attempt to deceive or seduce someone. 2 deliberately test someone's patience to see how much you can get away with. British informal
1 2003 This Is Essex The watchdog Energywatch says that energy suppliers are too quick to assume that consumers who are genuinely disputing an inaccurate gas or electricity bill are ‘trying it on’.
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ˌtried and ˈtested/ˈtrusted

(British English) (American English ˌtried and ˈtrue) that you have used or relied on in the past successfully: We’ll be using a tried and tested technique to solve the problem.
See also: and, test, tried, trust

ˌtry it ˈon (with somebody)

(British English, informal) do something that you know is wrong, in order to see if somebody will accept this behaviour or not: The price he asked was far too much. I think he was just trying it on.Don’t try it on with me, pal, or you’ll be sorry.
See also: on, try
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Pena, who has never tried it before, dons a harness and climbs on the artificial rock wall.
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Meier, who has two brothers who also use creatine, researched it - as he has with every supplement he's tried - before taking it.
A couple times I tried to make plays when there was nothing there.
That is why - after more than 40 years and nine presidents who have tried to get rid of him by means fair or foul - we are still driven nuts by Fidel Castro.
For example, Ortiz tried to throw a 0-1 fastball to Jose Canseco low and away Saturday, but it was down the middle.
We've tried to reinforce to him, in the big games, he's really going to have to step it up.
It's also shaken, and angered, an organization that's tried to gloss over other disciplinary problems Mondesi's had.
He was so confused on the mound Monday that in the fourth and fifth innings, he tried going back to his old windup, something he abandoned last season.