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To try hard to do or get something - thesaurus

Synonyms

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

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bear down

American to try very hard

be at pains to do something

to try very hard to do something

be gunning for something

to try to get something, for example a job or prize

bite off more than you can chew

to try to do too much or something that is too hard for you

break sweat

to use a lot of energy or effort

buck for

to try hard to get something, especially in your job

bust a gut

to try extremely hard to achieve something

bust your ass/butt

informal to put a lot of effort into doing something

chase

verb

to try hard to get something you want such as a job, prize, or money

chase down

to try hard to catch someone or to get something that you need

chase rainbows

to try to get something that you can never have

clutch/grasp at straws

to try to find anything at all that will help you or give you hope in a difficult situation, when it is likely that you will find nothing

compete

verb

to try to get something that other people also want to have

court

verb

to make special efforts to get something that will benefit you

do something for all you’re worth

to do something with as much effort as you can

do/try your best

to try as hard as you can in order to achieve something

do/try your utmost (to do something)

to try as hard as possible

do your best/utmost

to try as hard as you can

do your damnedest

to make your best effort to do something

endeavor

verb

formal to try very hard to do something

fight

verb

to try in a very determined way to achieve something

get your teeth into something

to put a lot of your time and energy into something that is interesting because it needs a lot of effort and skill

give

verb

to attempt to do something

give

verb

if you give yourself to something, you use all your time and energy to do it

give a hundred percent

to try or work as hard as you can in order to achieve something

go all out

to use all your energy, strength, and determination in order to achieve something

go all out (to do something/for something)

to try as hard as you can to achieve something

go at someone

to do something with a lot of enthusiasm or energy

go for broke

to try as hard as you can to get or achieve something, even if this involves taking risks or doing dangerous things

go for it

informal to try to get something that you have to compete for

go/move into overdrive

to become very active or excited, usually more than is necessary or healthy

go out of your way to do something

to make an extra effort to do something even though it is not convenient or easy to do

go the extra mile

to make a special extra effort in order to achieve something

go to great/extreme/any etc. lengths

to try in a very determined or unreasonable way to achieve something

go to/take great pains

to do something with a lot of care or effort

go to the ends of the earth

to put a lot of effort into something, especially when there are problems or difficulties

go whole hog

to do something in a very thorough or enthusiastic way

grasp at

to try and take the opportunity to do something

hammer away at

to do something with great energy and with all your attention

have a go

to take action yourself to stop someone who is committing a crime, instead of calling the police

jockey

verb

to try to gain an advantage over your opponents, or to get something that other people are trying to get

jump through hoops

to perform a series of difficult tests to show that you are suitable for something

labor

verb

to put a lot of effort into achieving something

make a go of something

to try your best to make something successful

make a run at something

to try to achieve or win something that involves competing with others

make it your business to do something

to make an effort to do something because you think it is important

make the/an effort (to do something)

to do something even though you do not want to or you find it difficult

move heaven and earth (to do something)

to do everything that it is possible to do in order to make something happen

move mountains

to do something so difficult that it seems almost impossible

press for

to try in a determined way to achieve something

press for

to try in a determined way to get something from someone

pull out all the stops

to make a big effort so that something happens or is successful

pursue

verb

to try to achieve something

pursue

verb

to try to reach a solution or decision

put up

to make a particular effort in order to achieve or prevent something

put up a good/brave fight

to try in a determined way to achieve something even though you do not succeed

put your heart into something

to do something with a lot of effort

ramrod

verb

American to try to achieve something using force or threats

reach for the stars

to try to achieve a very difficult aim

redouble your efforts

to try even harder than before to do something

regroup

verb

mainly journalism to prepare to make a new attempt to achieve something after having failed or been stopped

school

verb

formal to make yourself do something difficult

see if/whether you can do something

to try to do something

seek to do something

to try to do something

shoot for

to try to achieve a particular thing

spare no effort

to do everything that is necessary to make something succeed

specialize

verb

to concentrate your attention and effort on a particular activity, product, etc.

stop at nothing

to do anything to get what you want, even if it is very bad

trouble to do something

to make an effort to do something that you should do

try to run before you can walk

to try to achieve something very difficult immediately, without first doing more basic things

try/use every trick in the book

to try or to use every possible method in order to achieve something

turn on

to make a deliberate effort to use a special quality that you have in order to achieve something

work/laugh/run etc. your socks off

to do something with a lot of energy or effort

work toward

to do things that help you to make progress toward something that you want to achieve

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