try your hand

try (one's) hand (at something)

To attempt to do something new; to try something for the first time. I need a new hobby. Maybe I'll try my hand at painting! Thanks for letting Janet come to rugby practice with you. I know she's eager to try her hand.
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try your hand

see how skilful you are, especially at the first attempt.
1994 John Barth Once Upon a Time Since such dreaminess appeared to be my nature…why didn't I try my hand at writing fiction?
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try your ˈhand (at something/doing something)

try something for the first time, for example a skill or a sport: I’ve always wanted to try my hand at golf.
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References in classic literature ?
You can try your hand upon she," he pursued, nodding to the nearest cow.
If you're not quite sure but would like to try your hand at mixing styles up, this project may be right up your alley.
And for budding Jamie Olivers, why not try your hand at Cooking for Christmas or Curries and Casseroles?
If you would like to try your hand at any of the above or find out more about other courses on offer call in or phone for a free copy of the part-time prospectus or attend the enrolment evening at Cardigan and Aberystwyth on Monday September 10 between 4pm and 8pm.
Try your hand at meteorology, the study and prediction of weather to decide.
And if you'd like to try your hand at making Tuscan cuisine, enroll in Lorenza de'Medici's famed cooking school, located on the Badia a Coltibuono wine estate, also near Siena.
If you want to try your hand at making your own gourmet mustards, either use whole mustard seeds, grinding them to a powder in a small food processor or an electric spice grinder, or purchase dry powdered mustard, advises Sawyer.
You may also want to try your hand at writing your own psalms as another exercise of prayer.
And for budding Jamie Olivers, why not try your hand at Mediterranean Cookery or the Essential Food Hygiene?
Now try your hand at inventing an Earth-friendly gadget.
Try your hand at increasing torque with this activity.
Now, try your hand at dream interpretation (see chart, above).