- n. derogatory A person usually of little talent who tries hard, especially through imitation, to succeed, usually to gain fame or popularity.
“If all the other stores along the street were non-cool, Colette was painfully try-hard trendy.”
“There's nothing weird about him; neither is he a trendy try-hard.”
“I'm not sure why Meades insists on looking like an ageing roué from Reservoir Dogs by wearing a black suit, white shirt, black tie and Ray-Bans for most of the programme – dark glasses don't exactly improve eye contact with the viewer and it all feels a bit deliberately try-hard and wacky – but I guess every presenter is entitled to their shtick.”
“Imagine you're a Radio 1 executive: try-hard haircut, Daily Mail-enraging expense account, the full clip.”
“Smoking to look cool, it's even been suggested, risks you being judged a "try-hard".”
“The band are at their least successful when conforming to angular, try-hard type on tracks like "Come Alive Diana".”
“MOTD2 has become a try-hard and four other nuggets of wisdom about the weekend's happenings from Barry Glendenning – now on the Sportblog for your delectation.”
“At East Leyden High School, Shanahan was more than a "try-hard" guy.”
“At first no one thought he'd amount to much; his coach at Main Junior High wrote him off as one of the "try-hard" kids.”
“In contrast I thought the twists were really try-hard, of the …and you know what happened next?”
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