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try for (something)
1. To attempt to achieve, accomplish, or win something. She's trying for a new world record in this weekend's race. He's trying for the championship title in today's match.
2. To put someone on trial for some alleged crime or offense. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "try" and "for." The authoritarian government has been trying a number of high-profile writers for treason. The Feds only had enough evidence to try the gangster for embezzlement.
3. To go to someone in the hopes of obtaining something from them. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "try" and "for." A: "Oh, shoot. I don't have any sugar to make cookies." B: "Why don't you try the neighbors for some?" I tried Mr. Smith for advice about my project, but he wasn't any help.
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try someone for something
to put someone through a court trial for some crime or wrongdoing. The prosecutor wanted to try Harry for fraud. Anne was tried for shoplifting.
try for something
to try to win or achieve something. I am going to try for the silver trophy in this year's race. Will you try for a place on the team?
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.