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tryout

[trahy-out] /ˈtraɪˌaʊt/
noun
1.
a trial or test to ascertain fitness for some purpose.
2.
Theater. performances of a play in preparation for an official opening, often taking place away from a major theatrical center.
Origin of tryout
1900-1905
1900-05, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase try out
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  • And if anybody asks you about him, he's only in there for a tryout.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • If he was to be poisoned, it likely would be done shortly before the tryout.

  • Thus he grudgingly gave us a chance for a tryout; and he was surprised indeed.

    Disowned Victor Endersby
  • Men from every important college in the country competed in the tryout.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • But please be advised by me and let me give you the tryout first when I am sure you are ready for it.

  • We had planned to have a tryout some day this week, after school.

  • We are to have a tryout at four o'clock on Friday afternoon in the gymnasium.

  • Janet chuckled over the lines she was to read in the tryout.

    Janet Hardy in Hollywood

    Ruthe S. Wheeler
  • Before venturing on that, however, he said he wanted to give his machine a tryout, so he took it up this morning.

Word Origin and History for tryout
n.

also try-out, by 1900, from phrase to try out "to examine, test," attested by 1785.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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