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[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.
Origin of tryout
1900-05, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase try out Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But please be advised by me and let me give you the tryout first when I am sure you are ready for it.

  • If he was to be poisoned, it likely would be done shortly before the tryout.

  • Thus he grudgingly gave us a chance for a tryout; and he was surprised indeed.

    Disowned Victor Endersby
  • Janet chuckled over the lines she was to read in the tryout.

    Janet Hardy in Hollywood Ruthe S. Wheeler
  • The morning passed in a whirl of routine classes, but Janet found time to study her tryout sheets for several minutes.

    Janet Hardy in Hollywood Ruthe S. Wheeler
  • So there you are, my son—within ten days of the tryout and nobody on hand to play dear old grandfather for you!

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • We had planned to have a tryout some day this week, after school.

  • After three weeks' tryout he shapes up as some grand little great-uncle, take it from me!

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • Men from every important college in the country competed in the tryout.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
Word Origin and History for tryout

also try-out, by 1900, from phrase to try out "to examine, test," attested by 1785.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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