- (usu. Attrib.) Diminutive breed of dog etc. —v. (usu. Foll. By with) 1 trifle, amuse oneself, flirt.
- move a thing idly. [origin unknown]
comb. Form three or three times. [latin and greek]
—v. (-ies, -ied) 1 make an effort with a view to success (often foll. By to + infin.; colloq. Foll. By and + infin.: tried to be on time; try and be early).
- make an effort to achieve (tried my best).
- a test by use or experiment. B test the qualities of.
- make severe demands on (tries my patience).
- examine the effectiveness of for a purpose (try cold water; have you tried kicking it?).
- ascertain the state of fastening of (a door, window, etc.).
- a investigate and decide (a case or issue) judicially. B (often foll. By for) subject (a person) to trial (tried for murder).
- (foll. By for) apply or compete for; seek to reach or attain (try for a gold medal). —n. (pl. -ies) 1 effort to accomplish something.
- rugby touching-down of the ball behind the opposing goal-line, scoring points and entitling the scoring side to a kick at the goal. try one's hand test how skilful one is, esp. At the first attempt. Try it on colloq. Try to get away with an unreasonable request etc. Try on put on (clothes etc.) To see if they fit etc. Try out put to the test, test thoroughly. [originally = separate, distinguish, from french trier sift]
Abbr. (pl. Tsps.) Teaspoonful.
—n. - open flat-bottomed usu. Round vessel.
- tub-shaped (usu. Plastic) carton.
- colloq. Bath.
- colloq. Clumsy slow boat. —v. (-bb-) plant, bathe, or wash in a tub. [probably low german or dutch]
abbr. Trades union congress.
of love n. Colloq. Dispute over the custody of a child.
- of war n. - trial of strength between two sides pulling opposite ways on a rope.
- decisive or severe contest.
- —v. (-gg-) 1 (often foll. By at) pull hard or violently; jerk.
- tow (a ship etc.) By a tugboat. —n. - hard, violent, or jerky pull.
- sudden strong emotion.
- small powerful boat for towing ships. [related to *tow1]
n. Colloq. Stomach. [abbreviation of *tummy]
n. - large beer or wine cask.
- brewer's fermenting-vat. [old english]
—n. Ram. —v. (-pp-) (of a ram) copulate with (a ewe). [origin unknown]