unsuccessful attempt

See: failure
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The fellow thought he was a lunatic at large and made an unsuccessful attempt to shut him into the taproom.
d'Escayrac de Lauture made an equally unsuccessful attempt to reach the famous sources of the Nile.
Numa, the lion, growled futilely in baffled rage as he slipped back to the ground at the foot of the wall after his unsuccessful attempt to drag down the fleeing ape-man.
Van Baerle, from whose thoughts the three bulbs were never absent, made a snare for catching the pigeons, baiting the birds with all the resources of his kitchen, such as it was for eight slivers (sixpence English) a day; and, after a month of unsuccessful attempts, he at last caught a female bird.
I would gladly have eaten the potatoes and let the meat alone, but having got a large piece of the latter on to my plate, I could not be so impolite as to leave it; so, after many awkward and unsuccessful attempts to cut it with the knife, or tear it with the fork, or pull it asunder between them, sensible that the awful lady was a spectator to the whole transaction, I at last desperately grasped the knife and fork in my fists, like a child of two years old, and fell to work with all the little strength I possessed.
Climbing up another perpendicular flight, composed with great mechanical ingenuity of nothing but corner stairs, Mr Ralph Nickleby stopped to take breath on the landing, when he was overtaken by the handmaid, whom the politeness of Miss La Creevy had dispatched to announce him, and who had apparently been making a variety of unsuccessful attempts, since their last interview, to wipe her dirty face clean, upon an apron much dirtier.
Chapadziev also made an unsuccessful attempt to open a restaurant and worked in printing.
According to FNPF Chief Executive Officer, Aisake Taito, their IT security system had detected the unsuccessful attempt adding that they have stringent measures and procedures in place to reduce the possibility of any such breaches.
Police believe Holly was snatched to stop her barking as the thief made an unsuccessful attempt to enter her Farmhouse Road, Willenhall, home on December 11.
Summary: Ken Livingstone has announced he is retiring from electoral politics after an unsuccessful attempt to become London mayor again.
Saso Kokalanov from Dnevnik comments on the unsuccessful attempt for election of a president for Macedonia's Association of Journalists.
After the unsuccessful attempt they run away with the officer's gun.