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  • v. Present participle of essay.
  • n. An Attempt; a try


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  • And, Sir, in essaying this supreme task we shall surely be influenced most of all by the traditions which the Briton bequeaths to us.

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  • Would a student tenor singing Cavaradossi's opening aria from Tosca have no idea of the dramatic context, and would any aspiring mezzo, essaying the letter scene from Verdi's Macbeth, be so dumb as to say to Callas, of all people: "I'm not an actress, I'm just a singer"?

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  • Nat Pendleton plays a menacing heavy (big surprise) and Franklin Pangborn is on hand essaying his patented Flustered Hotel Clerk.

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  • Le Salon de Musiques has offered two programs in a row in which its performers are essaying, singly or collectively, first time public performances of well-known classics.

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  • Is Cain essaying the good old-fashioned "Can't you take a joke?" defence there?

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  • Despite essaying a variant on the "buy a ready-made cake and then ice your name on it" technique, she still can't help reminding people where it came from.

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  • Knowing that competitive sport is at heart a metaphor for battle, I find myself picturing Hannibal "Lindy Hopping" with his elephants, Achilles and Ajax in a "Funky Chicken" dance-off, and Winston Churchill essaying the "Mashed Potato" as news trickles through of the German surrender.

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  • So the Thin White Duke is with us once more, throwing darts in lovers 'eyes, pursuing his interest in the Gnostic myth of the Fall, bridging the gap between Philly soul and the motorik sounds of Kraftwerk and Neu! and subsisting on a diet of milk and cocaine to the point at which essaying a Nazi salute on the platform of Victoria station might feel like a good idea ...

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  • The essaying points out that making the effort is always exhausting.

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  • He had grit, and had fought two duels -- both, political -- when he was no more than a raw youth essaying his first adventures in politics.

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