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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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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