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.
The modern masters promise very little; they know that metals cannot be transmuted and that the elixir of life is a chimera but these philosophers, whose hands seem only made to dabble in dirt, and their eyes to pore over the microscope or crucible, have indeed performed miracles.
Well; I didn't mean to dabble in witchcraft to-day, further than the lighting of my pipe, but a witch I am, and a witch I'm likely to be, and there's no use trying to shirk it.
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.
Krishna on Sunday said India would not dabble in Nepal's internal matters.
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.
We need to be able to do a better job with records and seeing what enterprises are making us money, especially because we dabble in other areas like the construction business.
She uses this account to dabble in technology and speculative stocks--within boundaries.
Son Clay Boy sets out to find his dad, and his odyssey leads to revealing encounters with neighbors, members of a black church and a couple of old ladies who are rumored to dabble in moonshine.
If you dabble in Ecstasy, you have got all the potential to kill yourself.