college try


Informal. maximum effort for success on behalf of one's group, team, alma mater, etc. (usually preceded by the phrase the old): We may not make the deadline, but we'll give it the old college try.

Nearby words

  1. college of propaganda,
  2. college park,
  3. college pudding,
  4. college radio,
  5. college station,
  6. college-preparatory,
  7. collegial,
  8. collegiality,
  9. collegian,
  10. collegiate

Origin of college try

First recorded in 1950–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019