dabble in (something)

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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 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

v.
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 ?
The truth is, I never dabbled in flashy matters, but jogged on in the good old sober routine of the calling -- a calling in which I should, no doubt, have remained to the present hour, but for a little accident which happened to me in the prosecution of one of the usual business operations of the profession.
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.
Franklin's universal genius, dabbling in everything, dabbled in what he called "decorative painting." He had invented, he informed us, a new mixture to moisten paint with, which he described as a "vehicle." What it was made of, I don't know.
One hand was almost severed at the wrist and his silvery hair was dabbled in blood.
His vesture was dabbled in blood--and his broad brow, with all the features of the face, was besprinkled with the scarlet horror.
Neal Boyd, an opera singer who won NBC's "America's Got Talent" and dabbled in Missouri politics, has died.
The likes of Macy's, RadioShack and Burger King have dabbled in its ads.
"I've seen my own mother do it, and I look at her and how she dabbled in school and how she managed raising her children, and I don't think I'm ready for it.
He's dabbled in radio work, of course, including a recent guest spell as one of Century's Three Legends along with Bernie Slaven and SuperMac, whom he greatly resembled on the field of play.
As for Men in Trees, Heche says she dabbled in series TV (such as Everwood) before diving into a leading role.
Auden's "low dishonest decade," during which the best dabbled in free love and socialism while the worst busied themselves getting fascism off the ground.
Al Franken dabbled in political subject matter as a writer and performer during two lengthy stints on Saturday Night Live, as well as on his short-lived NBC sitcom, LateLine.
In addition to painting works of art, these two extraordinary men dabbled in something you've probably done several times in your art classes: cut-paper collage.
The fact that this man dabbled in homosexuality and wife-swapping seems to be no impediment to critical acclaim,.