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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

work

verb

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

strive

verb

to make a lot of effort to achieve something

try

verb

to attempt to do something

attempt

verb

to try to do something

struggle

verb

to try hard to do something that you find very difficult

strain

verb

to try very hard to do something

push for

to try hard to get or achieve something

press for

to try in a determined way to achieve something

go after

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

protologism

a new word or phrase invented in the hope that it will become generally used

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garbage patch

a collection of debris, mostly consisting of plastic, which moves around in the sea …

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