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English definition of “try it on”

try it on

UK informal
to deceive someone or behave badly , especially in order to discover how much of your bad behaviour will be allowed : He's not really ill - he's just trying it on. The kids often try it on with a new babysitter .Bad and wrong behaviourDisobedientObeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliant
(Definition of try it on from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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