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verb (tr, adverb)
to put on (an article of clothing) to find out whether it fits or is suitable
try it on informal to attempt to deceive or fool someone
noun try-on
British informal an action or statement made to test out a person's gullibility, tolerance, etc
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try on


Test the fit or look of a garment by putting it on, as in Do you want to try on this dress? This expression is also put as try on for size, which is sometimes used figuratively, as in The teacher wanted to try the new method on for size before agreeing to use it. [Late 1600s]


Test the effectiveness or acceptability of something, as in The actors decided to try on the new play out of town. [Late 1800s] Also see try out.

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