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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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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.
Together they battle evil forces from the past, dabble in magic, and try to survive.
"My brothers would take me out and make me crawl under the car to teach me how to drain oil out of Corvettes when I was just 5 or 6." 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.
Smith also has a separate, discretionary Schwab account, which she whimsically refers to as "The Michelle Fund." She uses this account to dabble in technology and speculative stocks--within boundaries.
"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.
If you dabble in Ecstasy, you have got all the potential to kill yourself."
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.
"I had to balance the risk of unnecessarily giving publicity to these people who dabble in evil spirits against my desire to ensure other people weren't enticed into that kind of mumbo- jumbo.