"She'll make it, if any of her friends happen to be judges at the try-out," commented Judith sagely.
"I don't think I shall enter the try-out," remarked Constance, flushing.
But there was no time for it now; the show would soon begin, and then would come the great event, his try-out.
He had consented to the try-out merely to please Professor Harmon.
I can obtain the signatures of at least thirty girls who were of the same mind as myself at the try-out.
Harkness hoped to be back for the first try-out of the new ship.
Personally, he was joyful, for he had been given a try-out, and had won the applause of the crowd by making a difficult play.
If I should invite her to the try-out she would gobble me up.
If you will have your boys get to work on it, we may be able to have a try-out some time this afternoon.
There are some good players among the freshmen who had no chance at the try-out.
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.
A trial, esp of someone's skill, acting or singing ability, etc (1903+)