[ trahy-out ]
/ ˈtraɪˌaʊt /
a trial or test to ascertain fitness for some purpose.
Theater. performances of a play in preparation for an official opening, often taking place away from a major theatrical center.
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Origin of tryout
An Americanism dating back to 1900–05; noun use of verb phrase try out
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British Dictionary definitions for tryout
(tr) to test or put to experimental useI'm going to try the new car out
(when intr, usually foll by for) US and Canadian (of an athlete, actor, etc) to undergo a test or to submit (an athlete, actor, etc) to a test to determine suitability for a place in a team, an acting role, etc
mainly US and Canadian a trial or test, as of an athlete or actor
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Idioms and Phrases with tryout
Undergo a qualifying test, as for an athletic team. For example, I'm trying out for the basketball team. [Mid-1900s]
Test or use experimentally, as in They're trying out new diesels, or We're trying out this new margarine. [Late 1800s]
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