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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of essay.


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  • Stone was laid upon stone, these granite syllables were coupled together, the word essayed some combinations.

    II. This Will Destroy That. Book V

  • Margot essayed one Scotch air after another, and was instructed in the proper pronunciation of the words; feigning, it is to be feared, an extra amount of incapacity to pronounce the soft "ch," for the sake of giving her patient a better opportunity of displaying his superior adroitness.

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  • Your reviews are very good, but they could be more interesting if you didn't feel the need to lecture us about movie genealogical connections we might already be familiar with, or if you didn't rely so heavily on the Thesaurus you seem to have parked at your elbow or in your brain - "oft-presumed", "essayed", "curlicue"?

    With True Grit, the Coen brothers have given the western back its teeth

  • Having first read Charles Portis's 1968 novel as teenagers, the Coens were allied with it and not with Henry Hathaway's doddery, miscast 1969 version, in which a major role is essayed, ruinously, by Glen Campbell.

    With True Grit, the Coen brothers have given the western back its teeth

  • Yancy Butler essayed the lead role of Sara Pezzini, the New York cop who is drawn to the Witchblade, a mystical bracelet which often manifests itself as a Geiger-inspired metallic glove that can be both shield and sword.

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  • He also essayed the role of "The Creeper" in 2 films, 1944's The Pearl of Death (a Sherlock Holmes entry starring Basil Rathbone), and 1946's House of Horrors (where he was exploited by an evil artist played by Martin Kosleck), but was not involved in 1948's The Creeper.

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  • A carnival of a song essayed with uncharacteristic looseness by Oberst, perhaps Prine's most obvious heir.

    Lost tracks: "Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine"

  • Judge Witberg was painfully flustered, and as he hemmed and hawed and essayed to speak, Watson, looking at him, was struck by a sudden whim, and he determined on a grim and facetious antic.

    The Benefit of the Doubt

  • He had been over a year at sea before he essayed this able seaman's task, but he did it, and he did it with pride.


  • A little later, in another department of the Wilmax Cannery, lumping as a fruit-distributor among the women, he essayed to carry two boxes of fruit at a time, and was promptly reproached by the other fruit-lumpers.



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