a try: an attempt, an effort noun
Note: a try (singular), tries (plural)
to try: to attempt; to taste, to sample verb
to try on (clothes): to test out, to experiment with (clothes) verb
Can I try on this shirt to see if it looks good on me before I buy it?

UK: He tried to impress me by trying on my clothes.
US: Nice try, but next time, try not to try so hard!
  • "But I try not to think of myself as handicapped."
  • "Except that you were always trying to kiss me."
  • "For the last 2 days we have had to immobilise him. He has been trying to lick his own bottom, he keeps dancing to the music in his head, and worst of all, he sometimes tries to polish an imaginary teapot."
  • "What I'm trying to say is: he's crazy."
  • "You tried to shoot but it was too late"
  • "Horatio : You need to travel, try new things..."
  • "Uh... have you tried North Korea?"
  • "I was so happy I tried to hit a monk, but I couldn't."
  • "Betty : Try this dish, it's something you may not be familiar with."
  • "Uh huh... alright, I'll try."

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