If this be the test, I am willing to be tried with Hipparete at the court of the Muses.

I have more than once tried to deceive you, but you will feel that I am not now speaking falsely.

He tried to recall some forgotten detail of the business that might serve to occupy him.

Garmer tried to steer me off this line of stocks the other night.

As a last rally, he tried to picture the difficulties he might encounter.

For as he tried to sit up, he fell back sick and dizzy on the bed.

He tried to evade immediate payment, but on this point his creditor was peremptory.

They tried it out at home and when it proved a success, they carried it abroad.

Windich and I then tried to speak to them, but could not find them.

Tried to get my gun on him, but he came up like a wild cat and went straight at me.


c.1300, "examine judiciously, sit in judgment of," from Anglo-French trier (late 13c.), from Old French trier "to pick out, cull" (12c.), from Gallo-Romance *triare, of unknown origin. The ground sense is "separate out (the good) by examination." Meaning "to test" is first recorded mid-14c.; that of "attempt to do" is from early 14c. Sense of "to subject to some strain" (of patience, endurance, etc.) is recorded from 1530s. Trying "distressing" is first attested 1718. To try (something) on for size in the figurative sense is recorded from 1956.


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