One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Put on an item of clothing to see if it fits or suits one.
- ‘Some male customers felt uncomfortable when women were there as they were trying things on.’
- ‘His brother was trying the uniform on for the first time.’
- ‘I don't necessarily want to buy lots of stuff, I just want the shopping experience of going from shop to shop, trying things on and maybe making a couple of sound purchases.’
- ‘Like with any piece of clothing, you really need to try jeans on to see how they work.’
- ‘I'll try them on again first, but I'm really not keen on the skirt.’
- ‘I'd prefer it if you could just pick up clothes and not have to try them on.’
- ‘First I went through the racks of clothing and tried them on.’
- ‘It was even more depressing trying the things on, since everything seemed designed to make you look as frumpy as possible.’
- ‘She said: ‘I have always loved hats and drag my friends round lots of shops so I can try them on.’’
- ‘You've really got to try them on, and see what range of choice is available.’
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