dabble at (something)

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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 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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SIMI VALLEY - For more than 40 years, John McCarthy has dabbled at making arrowheads from obsidian, the glasslike volcanic rock most prized by American Indians for their weapons and cutting tools because of its lethal sharpness.
SIMI VALLEY - For more than 40 years, John McCarthy has dabbled at making arrowheads from obsidian, the glass-like volcanic rock most prized by American Indians for their weapons and cutting tools because of its lethal sharpness.