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tryout

[trahy-out] /ˈtraɪˌaʊt/
noun
1.
a trial or test to ascertain fitness for some purpose.
2.
Theater. performances of a play in preparation for an official opening, often taking place away from a major theatrical center.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase try out
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  • After two days of tryouts, the freshman coach advised perez to try out for the jv team.
  • The next year, he was again cut during the tryouts for the school basketball team.
Word Origin and History for tryouts

tryout

n.

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

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