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dabble at (something)

To do something without much effort or enthusiasm. I know you're just dabbling at cleaning your room because every pile of clothes is still on the floor. We didn't get much done because we just dabbled at the project all afternoon.
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dabble in (something)

To do something sporadically or as a hobby. Oh, I only dabbled in painting when I was younger—it's not like I went to art school or anything.
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dabble at something

to play at doing something; to do something halfheartedly. Don't just dabble at your history paper. Settle down and do it right. She dabbles at painting.
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dabble in something

to be involved in something in a casual manner. She dabbled in local politics for a while. I want to dabble in something new for a while.
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dabble in

To do some activity occasionally, superficially, or without ambition: I've dabbled in painting, but I'm not very good.
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Today, he practices yoga and dabbles in photography when he isn't whipping out maps.
In between touring, writing and recording new songs, drummer Mailhouse also dabbles in acting.
Mark dabbles with speed dating and Jeremy braces himself for the arrival of his mother.
Instead she had been planning to be a fashion designer, an area in which she still dabbles.
Sutton, whose most effective pitch might be a wicked change-up, even dabbles in a knuckleball he picked up throwing for fun.
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Although she dabbles in a variety of media, including watercolor, Carson's main interest is in art history.
This year, I think I'm doing really well,'' said Munroe, who also dabbles in basketball, playing starting point guard and winning the co-MVP award on Hart's JV team last year under coach and father Dave Munroe.
Bateman dabbles in performance art at such hangouts as the Viper Room and writes poetry.