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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TRIES

Listen to the voice that tries to win you back to innocence and truth!

She tries to deceive Caesar as to her wealth, and is shamed by her treasurer Seleucus.

You're right, though,' says he, and with that he tries to put a twister on Diablo's nose.

If he tries to charge you more nor that, because you're a stranger, take his number.

A steel trap is real firm when it lays hold and tries to be.

Mulready, in your father's pay, tries to have him arrested, the better to rob him.

She tries to get the American to tell what the past of this woman is.

He who tries may succeed, but no one can succeed who doesn't try.

It has been said, and truly, that it is the defeat that tries the general more than the victory.

He tries to draw it back, but it is clenched, and he has not the wisdom to unclench it.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.