dabble in

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 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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References in classic literature ?
You dabbled in nasty mud, and made pies, when you were a child; and you dabble in nasty science, and dissect spiders, and spoil flowers, when you grow up.
To many the concept of early retirement is an ideal - to be able to dabble in art or potter about in the garden.
COLIN SINGLETON In my opinion, yes they do, I have a nephew and niece under the age of 10 and when they visit, my wife and I actively encourage them to draw and paint and from conversations with them they appear to have the freedom to dabble in art.
Daley's solution is to dabble in a bit of boxing business.
Under the tutelage of Father Drake (Ron Perlman), who thinks they're essentially a good bunch needing help, and blonde bitchy headmistress (Amy Ciupak Lalonde), who dons sexy black lingerie for a bit of a dabble in demon-rousing and thinks firm discipline in the shape of a ruler on the backside is the answer, the gang slowly come together to take on the evil force that's wandering the premises of St Mark's.
Together they battle evil forces from the past, dabble in magic, and try to survive.
She continues to dabble in automotive mechanics as a hobby, rebuilding motorcycles and scooters in her spare time.
Wasser connected with a trainer who dared to dabble in doo-doo.
She uses this account to dabble in technology and speculative stocks--within boundaries.
If you dabble in Ecstasy, you have got all the potential to kill yourself.
They also garden, dabble in numismatics, play golf and travel in their motor home.
Nelson is one of a cadre of Disney scientists who dabble in projects ranging from formulating polymers to mimic human skin to making biodegradable casings for fireworks.
He went on to dabble in nearly every artistic and political milieu and emerged, by the middle 1960s, as one of America's most formidable intellectual voices.