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old college try, the

Slang definitions & phrases for old college try, the

old college try, the

noun phrase

One's utmost effort; GIVE something one's BEST SHOT: It's not going to be the end of the world. You give it the old college try

[1927+; fr the early and innocent legends of college football]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with old college try, the

old college try, the

One's best effort, as in Come on, if we give it the old college try we just might be able to cut down this tree. This slangy expression, originally a cheer to urge a team on, dates from the 1930s when college football films were very popular.
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