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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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Dabbler is an easy-to-use entry-level draw and paint application that features an educational approach to computer art.
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And he is not a dabbler," said JOMP's Rich Ardizzone.
But when Gustav Mahler married the equally beautiful Alma Schindler, more than just a dabbler in several of the arts, he expressly forbade her continuing to compose, on the grounds that the household could accommodate only one creative artist; she subsequently channelled her energies in other directions.
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If you're a vacation dabbler, actually use the days to relax and do something fun - not to run around and do errands all day.
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