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.
See also: fortune, try
References in classic literature ?
'If that is the ladder by which one mounts, I too will try my fortune,' said he, and the next day when it began to grow dark, he went to the tower and cried:
My father urged me to try my fortune, but my heart failed me.
"We had now each drank our bottle, when Mr Watson said, the board was sitting, and that he must attend, earnestly pressing me at the same time to go with him and try my fortune. I answered he knew that was at present out of my power, as I had informed him of the emptiness of my pocket.
``Sith it be no better,'' said Locksley, ``I am content to try my fortune; on condition that when I have shot two shafts at yonder mark of Hubert's, he shall be bound to shoot one at that which I shall propose.''