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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theytry on
he/she/ittries on
present participletrying on
past tensetried on
past participletried on
  1. 1
    to put on a piece of clothing in order to see how it looks and whether it fits

    What a lovely dress! Why don’t you try it on?

  2. 2
    try it on (with someone) British informal
    1. a.
      to behave badly in order to see how annoying or unreasonable you can be before someone becomes angry

      They always try it on with a new teacher.

    2. b.
      to attempt to get something from someone by behaving dishonestly or by tricking them
  3. 3
    try something on for size
    1. b.
      to try something to see if it is suitable

      If you think that game’s easy, try this one on for size.

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a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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