try one's hand

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try one's hand

1. Attempt to do something for the first time, as in I thought I'd try my hand at snorkeling. This idiom uses try in the sense of "ascertain by experiment or effort," a usage dating from the late 1500s.
2. Also, try one's luck. Take a chance doing something, as in We thought we'd try our luck at getting a hotel room at the last minute.
See also: hand, try
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This leaves the on-the-ground option open, and tempting, to try one's luck amid the lethargy dominating the region.