try (one's) hand (at something)

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try (one's) hand (at something)

To attempt to do something new; to try something for the first time. I need a new hobby. Maybe I'll try my hand at painting! Thanks for letting Janet come to rugby practice with you. I know she's eager to try her hand.
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try one's hand (at something)

to take a try at something. Someday I'd like to try my hand at flying a plane. Give me a chance. Let me try my hand!
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try one's hand

1. Attempt to do something for the first time, as in I thought I'd try my hand at snorkeling. This idiom uses try in the sense of "ascertain by experiment or effort," a usage dating from the late 1500s.
2. Also, try one's luck. Take a chance doing something, as in We thought we'd try our luck at getting a hotel room at the last minute.
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try your hand at something

COMMON If you try your hand at something, you try doing it in order to see whether you are good at it. In his latest book, he tries his hand at fiction. After he left school, he tried his hand at a variety of jobs — bricklayer, baker, coal man.
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try your hand

see how skilful you are, especially at the first attempt.
1994 John Barth Once Upon a Time Since such dreaminess appeared to be my nature…why didn't I try my hand at writing fiction?
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try your ˈhand (at something/doing something)

try something for the first time, for example a skill or a sport: I’ve always wanted to try my hand at golf.
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try (one's) hand

To attempt to do something for the first time: I tried my hand at skiing.
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References in classic literature ?
I went to sleep, and what does Skookum Jim do but try his hand at prospecting.
The Newmarket trainer has always wanted to try his hand at the winter game and The Tiger, who he owns in partnership with Ascot racecourse chairman Johnny Weatherby, fits the bill in one of the three races our newly launched Club sponsor today.
Mr Wharton will fill the role of 18 year-old engineering apprentice Elliot Greenan at design consultancy CAD21 in Stockton, where he will try his hand at architectural lighting design.
ROBERT Pattinson has revealed he wanted to try his hand at rapping.
The singer - who first found fame in Popstars and bounced back to try his hand at Pop Idol - will take the principal role of toreador Escamillo in the production, albeit a one-off performance.
MARK Ronson is the latest celeb to try his hand at designing - he's come up with his own unisex trainers.
However, Kolb forsook this path in order to try his hand at international business, spending time as an agent for retired boxer Muhammad Ali and meeting a fascinating array of shadowy figures along the way.
It was during his 21 years of trucking raw lumber from Northern Ontario to the United States, where finished lumber was returned to Ontario at inflated prices, that he decided to try his hand at milling wood.
Viewers will also have an opportunity to watch "Dirty Jobs" host Mike Rowe try his hand at cleaning up bird droppings.
Former world rally champion Colin McRae will try his hand at circuit racing this summer after signing a deal to drive a Ferrari in the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Having seen him try his hand at sports commentating in which he struggled to string two words together, and having watched him on the BBC's Sports Personality Of The Year last week when he proved that he hasn't got one, I can't imagine what they hope to get out of him other than a few expletives and the odd "Wey Aye Man".
As the postmarks attest, he was in constant motion: hitchhiking around the country, spending a month or two in New Orleans or Key West, out to Hollywood to try his hand at the movies.
Wanting to try his hand at creating his own astronomy software, Ryan Hess first wrote Sky Objects when he was 13 years old.
The actor, who is one of the show's biggest stars, is taking time off to try his hand at other projects.
Fresh out of Penn State in 1988, young Richard Rubin decided to try his hand at journalism.