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To try hard to do or get something

boil the ocean

to try to do something that is very difficult or impossible, especially when starting something

try

verb

to attempt to do something

work

verb

to spend time trying to achieve something, especially when this involves using a great effort

strive

verb

to make a lot of effort to achieve something

attempt

verb

to try to do something

try for

to attempt to get or achieve something difficult or something that you want very much

struggle

verb

to try hard to do something that you find very difficult

go after

to try to get something that other people are also competing for

strain

verb

to try very hard to do something

push for

to try hard to get or achieve something

creep

used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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a woman in middle age who has to juggle caring for teenage children and ageing parents with a career

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