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Attempt at something vs Attempt on something

attempt at somethingan effort to do smth.:

  • This publication is the first attempt at a representation of our knowledge about vitamins and avitaminoses.

attempt on something

1. an act of trying to accomplish smth. difficult:

  • When he makes his next attempt on the world’s record, he will be using a “jet-propelled” speed-boat.

2. (in the phrase “attempt on someone’s life”) an act of trying to kill smb. (usually of an unseccessful attack or assault):

  • Musharraf survived a second attempt on his life when attackers rammed a car bomb into his motorcade.