The day before there had been an attempt to abduct him, she says.
Honest conservatives make no attempt to hide the real intent of voter ID laws.
With Athens recently alarmed by a half-dozen cases of West Nile virus, the attempt at humor went mostly unappreciated.
1530s, from attempt (v.). Meaning "effort to accomplish something by violence" is from 1580s, especially as an assault on someone's life.