• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Try-house a place in which oil is extracted from blubber, &c
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  • Marguerite Duras
    “The house a woman creates is a Utopia. She can't help it -- can't help trying to interest her nearest and dearest not in happiness itself but in the search for it.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. trier, to pick out, to cull (the grain from the straw), from an assumed L. tritareterĕre, tritum, to rub.


In literature:

To this house that had been given up; on this shore where only savers of life try to live.
"Plays" by Susan Glaspell
The people in the house tried to dissuade me from my design.
"The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the" by Thomas Clarkson
He tried to persuade her to give up all idea of hiring the house: to make his house their home for the present.
"Saxe Holm's Stories" by Helen Hunt Jackson
Tried by his peers, and found guilty on false evidence, Lord Langleigh awaited his death upon the scaffold in the prison-house of the Tower.
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume V." by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
Ferry at my house, to try the effects of conciliation.
"Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
My house, which I am trying to let, is a modest little affair in the country.
"Punch, Volume 156, January 22, 1919." by Various
She tried to recall the house.
"The Moorland Cottage" by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
So then she tried to picture herself allowing the reins of Jo's house to remain in Eva's hands.
"Cheerful--By Request" by Edna Ferber
He sent people throughout the whole city to try on the shoe, and they came to the house where the sheep-brother was.
"Armenian Literature" by Anonymous
The last house I tried it in, the floor broke through.
"The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll" by Stuart Dodgson Collingwood

In poetry:

Thou, who art safely housed,
Why shouldst thou dread it? Try to sleep, my darling;
Forget the terror of the tempest; morn
Will break again in sunshine.
"The Spagnoletto. Act IV" by Emma Lazarus
And on rushed the mighty flood, like a roaring big wave,
Whilst the drowning people tried hard their lives to save;
But eight thousand were drowned, and their houses swept away,
While the spectators looked on, stricken with dismay.
"The Pennsylvania Disaster" by William Topaz McGonagall
Dapples my floor the eastern sun, my house faces north,
I have nothing to say except that it dapples my floor
and it would dapple me
if I lay on that floor, as-well-forthwith
I have done, trying well to mount a thought
not carelessly
"Dream Song 123: Daples my floor the eastern sun, my house faces north" by John Berryman
If this be, indeed, our fate,
Far, far better now, though late,
That we seek some other land and try some other zone;
The coldest, bleakest shore
Will surely yield us more
Than the store-house of the stranger that we dare not call our own.
"A Mystery" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Groping I went, as blind. I sought her house, my beloved's.
There I stopp'd at the silent door, and listen'd and tried the
Love, I cried, dost thou slumber? This is no hour for slumber,
This is the hour of love, and love I bring in my hand.
"The Desolate City" by Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
And I told her in the future I wouldn't speak cross or rash
If half the crockery in the house was broken all to smash;
And she said, in regards to heaven, we'd try and learn its worth
By startin' a branch establishment and runnin' it here on earth.
"How Betsey And I Made Up" by William McKendree Carleton

In news:

Nora had been working as a White House intern—the only one, she later wrote, that JFK never tried to hit on.
Based upon the comments of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, maybe we shouldn't worry about trying to be financially responsible ourselves.
Investigators are trying to determine why Wade Michael Page shot up a Sikh house of worship in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
East Haven police say he tried to break into the house of a police commissioner .
(AP) — A burglary suspect made a big mistake when East Haven police say he tried to break into the house of a police commissioner .
I've been trying to sell my house for a year.
AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato House Minority Leader Armond Budish and his fellow Democrats tried to get some safeguards into JobsOhio, but were rebuffed by the GOP majority.
People line up to try to enter the House Chamber where a vote is scheduled to take place on Right-to-Work legislation at the Michigan State Capitol December 11, 2012 in Lansing, Michigan.
A top Mississippi lawmaker says the House and Senate will try to agree on a package of long-term borrowing next year, after failing to authorize one this past spring.
I chatted with him at the White House Correspondents' Dinner this year and he very briefly tried to convince me that he was going to become a regular on "Parks and Recreation" during season five.
But this year, along with The Beacon House and Salvation Army, is trying something new.
House, DOJ will try to resolve records lawsuit.
The White House is trying to downplay a diplomatic squabble between the US and Israel.
Bill Owens says he will try to find a government job for outgoing House Speaker Doug Dean.
A Lauderdale County woman died in a house fire while trying to save her grandson.

In science:

When Kelvin tried to bring the house of physics in order, not only with regard to the time scale he gave Darwin for his theory of evolution, it was his opinion that apart from a few “clouds”, physics is an almost completed science.
The clouds of physics and Einstein's last query: Can quantum mechanics be derived from general relativity?