Please look at following statements.

  1. Solution to the problem was so big or complicated that, I didn't even ____(tried or considered trying) it.

  2. That area is so dangerous that, I wouldn't even _____ to go there.

So, are there any idioms/ words/ phrases that fit in the sentences above? as opposed to simple "try" word?

  • I think the modest "dare" is there for such purposes; give these poor "folks" a chance sometimes.Why has it to be an idiom or a fancy word all the time? Plus it saves space as Strunk often advised. Thus: 1) Solution to the problem was so complicated that I didn't even dare to try/attempt it. 2) The area is so dangerous that I wouldn't even dare to go there.
    – user392935
    Aug 15 '20 at 14:35
  • If "dare" sounds too pedestrian, try this idiom (of course, you'll have to rephrase your sentences) ---Get butterflies in your stomach.
    – user392935
    Aug 15 '20 at 14:40
  • That area is so dangerous that I wouldn't even think of / contemplate / consider going there. Aug 15 '20 at 15:03

"Attempt" seems to be the verb you're looking for.


I. To try, endeavour, essay.

1. transitive. To make an effort, to use one's endeavour to do or accomplish some action:

a. with infinitive. To endeavour, try

1818 S. T. Coleridge Friend (new ed.) I. 256 The truths, we may attempt to communicate.

1876 J. R. Green Short Hist. Eng. People (1882) i. §3. 22 To attempt the conversion of the English.

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