put (one's) hand to (something)

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put (one's) hand to (something)

To undertake or apply oneself to (doing) something; to attempt or be able to do something. Now that I'm on a pretty stable career path, I'd like to put my hand to learning the saxophone in my spare time. With Sarah's intelligence, she could probably put her hand to anything after high school.
See also: hand, put
References in classic literature ?
For myself I must say I cannot guess how many," said the battered knight Don Quixote; "but I take all the blame upon myself, for I had no business to put hand to sword against men who where not dubbed knights like myself, and so I believe that in punishment for having transgressed the laws of chivalry the God of battles has permitted this chastisement to be administered to me; for which reason, brother Sancho, it is well thou shouldst receive a hint on the matter which I am now about to mention to thee, for it is of much importance to the welfare of both of us.
Arguably, I was plain stupid to open the door; then again, long before I put hand to latch, my antennae sussed out the situation and made a judgement call - luckily, the right one.
And it is with a tear that I put hand to computer for this last time.
The times he put hand to ball were precious however.
But I don't think I put hand to ball - so it was a harsh decision.