One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who takes part in a sports trial or motorcycle trial.
- ‘Avenue broke the deadlock when one of the trialists scored from ten yards.’
- ‘They have a stadium full of passionate, vociferous supporters whose legendary backing often reduced opposition players from star performers to schoolboy trialists.’
- ‘Professional clubs use their pre-season warm-up to blood the graduates, triallists and wannabes.’
- ‘He said he wants to come to us as a trialist in the pre-season.’
- ‘He is also believed to be tracking an experienced striker and a left sided player, while running the rule over a number of trialists he expects to see in action pre-season.’
- ‘And it appears Viander isn't the trialist goalkeeper manager Sam Allardyce described as ‘not good enough’ earlier in the week.’
- ‘It was a good work out for the regulars in the first-half but all eyes were on the triallists and goalkeeper Dean Wordsworth had a night to forget being beaten five times.’
- ‘Every afternoon they used to play five-a-side against the triallists.’
- ‘Todd intends to have a second keeper in place for the friendlies Ricketts will miss and avoid a repeat of last year when City had to kick off their warm-up campaign with a trialist in goal.’
- ‘On Monday night a team of basically reserve team triallists took on Frickley Athletic's first team squad at South Elmsall and went down 4-1.’
- ‘He played this term as a pre-season trialist for City.’
- ‘Every time a triallist comes in they are a threat not only to Shaun but to Paulo and the other strikers.’
- ‘I've played a few but quite often they are full of youth team players and trialists and not really the same as competitive football.’
- ‘We've had four or five trialists each week - all the players have become bilingual!’
- ‘City will field several trialists in the home reserve game against Manchester United tonight.’
- ‘They all made their debuts playing as trialists, under assumed names against Halifax at the former Thrum Hall ground.’
- ‘City are expected to field a reserve team based on trialists and youngsters tonight when they play Birmingham at Solihull.’
- ‘But league rules on trialists meant he has been limited to only two reserve games.’
- ‘While 80 to 90 percent of Friday's trialists have provincial experience at various levels, several players also staked a claim.’
- ‘With a squad packed full of amateurs and triallists it was inevitable that fitness would be a telling factor and so it proved.’
- 1.1 A person who takes part in a clinical or market test of a new product.
- ‘We believe that trialists need to report a minimum set of information.’
- ‘He helped build up interest in the site by giving away free trials and around two per cent of the trialists signed up for the annual £9.99 membership.’
- ‘Such a thought would be anathema to most clinical trialists.’
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