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dabble at (something)

To do something without much effort or enthusiasm. I know you're just dabbling at cleaning your room because every pile of clothes is still on the floor. We didn't get much done because we just dabbled at the project all afternoon.
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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 at something

to play at doing something; to do something halfheartedly. Don't just dabble at your history paper. Settle down and do it right. She dabbles at painting.
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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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Apple co-founder Steve Jobs dabbled in illicit drugs in his youth and alienated colleagues but still commanded universal respect, interviews conducted by the FBI in the 1990s reveal.
SHOCK: Welsh classical music singer Katherine Jenkins has revealed that she dabbled in drugs as a teenager Picture: Andrew Davies
Q: Five or six years ago, you were a comedian who dabbled in political subject matter.
It was in Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, just over 50 years ago that Murdoch, fresh from Oxford University (where he dabbled in left-wing politics) began his career after his father's unexpected death.
As people dabbled, they came up with a handful of names for the odd structures, including "negative bubbles" and "inverted bubbles.
Oliver said his lather had dabbled in metalcasting a little bit, casting lead fishing sinkers.
Goldstein even dabbled in Libertarian politics in New York and Miami.
Nobody dabbled more egregiously this past season than the French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj, whose Helikopter took my annual prize for noise pollution.
While Latin America dabbled in economic reform during the 1990s, Argentina bet the farm.
Having dabbled in real estate, she now has three grandchildren and enjoys cooking.
A must for anyone who has dabbled in, or even thought about dabbling in, the afterlife.
She describes her reservations and struggles as he branched out first into psychiatry (and some of his patients came to live in their home) and then into helping patients who had dabbled in the occult or been affected by violent or unmourned deaths in their family history.
Besides its namesake hamburger chain, the company has dabbled in other restaurant concepts.
Rendezvous Entertainment: Although Rendezvous has dabbled in electronic and world music, this label--helmed by out Grammy nominee Dave Koz--focuses primarily on the smooth jazz that brought the saxophonist fame, promoting a range of artists including Dirty Harry's son, acclaimed bassist and bandleader Kyle Eastwood.
The sisters have also dabbled in the acting business, making appearances in movies such as ``Not Another Teen Movie.