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Give something your best shot
"Well I've never made my own KD, but I'll give it the old college try"
by Ian January 22, 2004
Giving something your best shot, even if you aren't sure how to do it.
i.e. Mrs. Victoria Landers' way of saying, "I haven't taught you how to do this, and even if I did, you wouldn't understand it. But anyways, here you go!" Attempting the "old college try" always results in uncontrolled rage and frustration rather than learning. This condition is only augmented by trying to find help in the textbook, "Calculus: Graphical, Numerical, Algebraic," possibly the epitome of a horrible textbook.
Mrs. Landers: "Just give it the old college try and you'll learn it."

Disgruntled student: "FUCK YOU MRS. LANDERS. I haven't learned shit all semester, and doubt I'm going to start learning by giving it the old college try like your whore ass tells me to." (Flips the bird)
To gather your friends, buy some cheap beer, order a pizza, and forget about tomorrow.
Calvin: Dad, what does it mean to "give it the old college try?"
Dad: It's when you gather your friends, buy some cheap beer, order a pizza, and forget about tomorrow.
Mom: That is NOT what it means.
Dad: Where did you go to college?
by Scherch Engine March 01, 2008
A wild and desperate attempt to make a play. Sometimes the term carries a hint of showboating.

Babe Ruth (_Babe Ruth's Own Book of Baseball_, 1928) defined "giving it the old college try" as "playing to the grandstand or making strenuous effort to field a ball that obviously cannot be handled."

The term was quickly applied to any effort with limited chances of success.

From _The New Dickson Baseball Dictionary_ (1999) by Paul Dickson.
In a column that appeared in the _Columbus_ (Ohio) _Citizen_ (Nov. 26, 1927) and was quoted in _American Speech_ (Apr. 1930), Billy Evans wrote that "I gave it the old college try" is a term "often used in big league baseball, when some player keeps on going after a fly ball, usually in foul territory, with the odds about ten to one he would never reach it. Teammates of such a player often beat him to it by shouting in unison with the thought of humor uppermost: 'Well, kid, you certainly gave it the old college try,' as he falls short of making the catch. When some player does something that a professional player might not ordinarily attempt, such as colliding with a fielder who had the ball ready to touch him out, in the hope that he might make him drop the ball, regardless of the danger he was courting, someone is sure to say, often ironically, if the speaker happens to be one of the players in the field: 'That's the old college spirit.'"
by akkartik April 10, 2009
attempting to get one last hit of marijuana out of a smoking device (i.e. bong, bowl, etc)
"I think there may be one more hit"
"Then, I'll give it the old college try"
by ThisIsTheOnlyWordIWillAdd December 11, 2011
To show a lot of cleavage.
Friend 1: "Michelle, kindly adjust your dress."
Friend 2: "Yeah, way to give the old college try."
by jah426 September 05, 2009
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