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 Meanings and Examples of ATTEMPT
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attempt
 n.  action of trying at something
Example Sentence: (182 in 13 pages)
1  It tells the story of an aspiring young man's attempt to rise above the squalor of the street.
2  The administration is just stonewalling in an attempt to hide their political embarrassment.
3  They're introducing CCTV cameras in an attempt to cut street crime in the area.
4  He brought his arm up in a futile attempt to ward off the blow.
5  Therefore it is easy to assume that this must be a deliberate, callous attempt to inflict hurt.
6  It was another attempt to distract attention from the truth.
7  Attorney General Brewster made an attempt to punish the violators by ordering the local district attorney to make arrests.
8  Instead of an outright coup attempt, the rebels want to chip away at her authority.
9  The police frustrated the bandit's attempt to rob the bank.
10  It was a clear attempt to shift the responsibility for the crime onto the victim.
11  He plighted his word to attempt it.
12  This is the latest attempt to break the logjam in the peace process.
13  The first British attempt to colonize Ireland was in the twelfth century.
14  It's an attempt to control what reaches the public.
15  The attempt to expand the business was a catastrophe for the firm.
Classic Sentence: (210 in 15 pages)
1  When left to himself, however, he would seldom produce any music or attempt any recognized air.
A Study In Scarlet By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In PART I: CHAPTER II. THE SCIENCE OF DEDUCTION
2  Our prisoner made no attempt at escape, but stepped calmly into the cab which had been his, and we followed him.
A Study In Scarlet By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In PART II: CHAPTER VI. A CONTINUATION OF THE REMINISCENCES OF JOHN W...
3  The attempt to tame the wild creatures, for instance, broke down almost immediately.
Animal Farm By George Orwell
Get Context   In Chapter III
4  Obviously they were going to attempt the recapture of the farm.
Animal Farm By George Orwell
Get Context   In Chapter IV
5  It was fully realised that though the human beings had been defeated in the Battle of the Cowshed they might make another and more determined attempt to recapture the farm and reinstate Mr. Jones.
Animal Farm By George Orwell
Get Context   In Chapter V
6  His jacket had been stained of a bright purple hue, upon which there had been some attempt to paint grotesque ornaments in different colours.
Ivanhoe By Walter Scott
Get Context   In CHAPTER I
7  Magnificence there was, with some rude attempt at taste; but of comfort there was little, and, being unknown, it was unmissed.
Ivanhoe By Walter Scott
Get Context   In CHAPTER VI
8  Look to him close, men-at-arms," said Prince John, "his heart is sinking; I am jealous lest he attempt to escape the trial.
Ivanhoe By Walter Scott
Get Context   In CHAPTER XIII
9  For three men to attempt them at this moment, were little else than madness; for they are good men of war, and have, as such, placed sentinels to give the alarm when any one approaches.
Ivanhoe By Walter Scott
Get Context   In CHAPTER XIX
10  "Thou wilt but injure thyself by the attempt, noble knight," replied his attendant.
Ivanhoe By Walter Scott
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXIX
11  He stood his ground, without any attempt at conciliation.
Lady Chatterley's Lover By D H Lawrence
Get Context   In Chapter 2
12  Any attempt to rouse his manhood and his pride would only make him worse: for his manhood was dead, temporarily if not finally.
Lady Chatterley's Lover By D H Lawrence
Get Context   In Chapter 19
13  It would be too ridiculous for me to attempt anything where I am now, with my little half acre.
Mansfield Park By Jane Austen
Get Context   In CHAPTER VI
14  Fanny thought she discerned in his standing there an indication of relenting, which encouraged her to another attempt, and she said, therefore, "It is a pity you should not join them."
Mansfield Park By Jane Austen
Get Context   In CHAPTER X
15  In a general light, private theatricals are open to some objections, but as we are circumstanced, I must think it would be highly injudicious, and more than injudicious to attempt anything of the kind.
Mansfield Park By Jane Austen
Get Context   In CHAPTER XIII