give it one's best shot
Make one's hardest or most enthusiastic attempt, as in I don't know if I can do it, but I'll give it my best shot. This expression employs shot in the sense of “attempt,” a usage dating from the mid-1700s.
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cope, try, toil, tackle, seek, strive, plug, assay, offer, scratch, dig, slave, grind, strain, hassle, sweat, undertake, attempt, endeavor, hustle
- give credit,
- give free rein to,
- give ground,
- give him enough rope and he'll hang himself,
- give in,
- give it to,
- give me a break,
- give me liberty or give me death,
- give me your tired, your poor,
- give notice
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