try (one's) fortune

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try (one's) fortune

To attempt to do something where success is not known or guaranteed or else relies on good luck. I'll try my fortune to see if I can get the lawnmower working, but we may have to bring it to a mechanic. The young billionaire, who made his fortune in the tech industry, is now trying his fortune at the pharmaceutical market. I'll try my fortune at the odd slot machine or lottery ticket, but otherwise I don't really care for gambling.
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try (one's) fortune

To make an effort or take a risk to be successful, especially as a newcomer.
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What the general did, no one can tell; but it was not long before the King called for the next victim, and a colonel was forced to try his fortune.
But when Johnson came to London to try his fortune as a writer, it was just the time between.
He was coming to England, to try his fortune, as many other young men were obliged to do whose only capital was in their brains.
One mild old man-- a priest, whose chapel was destroyed; a very feeble, patient, inoffensive creature--who was trudging away, alone, designing to walk some distance from town, and then try his fortune with the coaches, told Mr Haredale that he feared he might not find a magistrate who would have the hardihood to commit a prisoner to jail, on his complaint.
He set up a school of his own, where he had only three pupils, and then in 1737 tramped with one of them, David Garrick, later the famous actor, to London to try his fortune in another field.
The route taken by Scots was called the Great South Road and features in a short story by Scots writer John Buchan in which a would-be migrant talks about crossing the Border and pushing on to "the big toun" - thought to be Newcastle - where "a man must try his fortune."
Having offended the Protestant sensibilities of Queen Charlotte by the prominence given to Titian's nude Venus of Urbino (1538) in a gallery overcrowded with nonentities and undesirables, Zoffany determined to try his fortune in India.
They argued that the CSS was something one should compulsorily try his fortune at before reaching the cutoff age of 28 years.
Raleigh, who just received a medical discharge from the military, comes from the same small town but is continuing on to New York to try his fortune as a writer.
Part of the boom that doubled the region's population in a decade, my family moved here from Chicago, when my father decided to sell his share of a family-owned seed company and try his fortune as a small farmer on the fertile fields of Iona, just south of Fort Myers.
He left this course of safety and obscurity for the dangers (and rewards) of the unknown at 26, when he volunteered for the Royal Navy with "a mind to try his fortune that way." The move meant demotion, worse pay and conditions, and a healthy chance of being killed.
He then broke the news that the Raindrops were splitting up, for he was to try his fortune as a solo act.
The plaintiff was now carrying on the business of a surgeondentist, but in 1849 he had taken a fancy to try his fortune on the stage, and having heard of the celebrity of the defendant, he went to Liverpool, where the defendant was then "starring" it as the African Roscius.