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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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Promoting two-way communication in its fullest sense and deepest application leaves no room for the dabbler or the dilettante.
Three types of offenders exist: 1) the dabbler (curious individuals with access to child pornography or to a dealer); 2) the preferential offender (the person with deviant sexual interests involving juveniles); and 3) the miscellaneous offender (pranksters or misguided individuals who possess these materials as a result of their own investigations).
Residential real estate may no longer be the province of the bored dilettante or the part-time dabbler, but it also has not yet reached the professionalism of its commercial counterpart.
The net result could have been predicted by any dabbler in psychoanalysis: The wartime prime minister carried around with him a keenly-felt need to win the approval of those he admired, and he was undeterred when the objects of his affection seemed cold or ungrateful.
It seeks what admissions officers term the "angular" rather than the "well-rounded," the student with, as Wesleyan's dean of admissions said in 1964, "the best chance of accomplishing something in his lifetime, as opposed to the dabbler.
If you are a bit of a PC dabbler I suspect this book will particularly appeal to you.
Thou shalt go on a diet of crunchy, unsweetened locusts, O ye dabbler in abominations
Though the main items, the commodes and a rare Erard salon grand piano, carry with them hefty price tags, a novice dabbler in art could pick up a less expensive item without stretching the pocketbook too much.
But I'm the glitch from the stitch in time, proverbial sidekick, savior of nine for our mutual amusement, dabbler the wan arts flap to for crusts.
Dabbler is an easy-to-use entry-level draw and paint application that features an educational approach to computer art.
The action takes place in the decidedly Bohemian household of the elderly Captain Shotover, a dabbler in mysticism.
Yet, this book is not for the casual dabbler in freethought history.
Arisue Seizo's influential and disastrous early years as a dabbler in politics (and his status as son-in-law to Hayashi Senjuro, prime minister in 1937) are not covered.
Four days from pounds 259 Whether you are a keen horticulturist or simply a window box dabbler, this is the tour for you.