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 ?
Sisley and Monet had painted the canal with its poplars, and they felt a desire to try their hands at what was so typical of France; but they were frightened of its formal beauty, and set themselves deliberately to avoid it.
WANNABE market traders are being encouraged to try their hand at selling their wares at a one-off market in Whitley Bay.
These are just a few of the skills young people in South Tyneside were being invited to try their hand at as the first session of the South Tyneside Youth Circus kicked off yesterday.
HAVING A GO: Teesside Girl Guides try their hand at activities including tai chi, yoga, football and rugby
The latest will be held at Llanwern Golf Club and will provide children with the chance to try their hand at various activities, including Tri-Golf.
Jon, his wife Margy and their children Aran and Leah head to South Africa to try their hand at running a restaurant, guest cottages - and even a vineyard.
A HALL Green church is offering people the chance to try their hand and sign up to a new language course with a difference.
He added: "Visitors will be welcome to look around the facilities and try their hand at this nonstrenuous sport which gives fun, exercise and social interaction.
Healthy dishes were on the lunchtime menu and children were encouraged to try their hand at sports they might not have played before, such as cricket.
As part of the Active 500 scheme, Newcastle City Council is giving people the chance to try their hand at a range of activities.
Mick Wilkes, property manager at Gibside, said: "Children are able to try their hand at milking and find out exactly what is involved in getting that milk from the animal to the shop and to their fridge.
Youngsters rolled up to try their hand at everything from plate spinning to juggling and balloon modelling and stilt walking.
Birmingham City Council's family friendly Easter programme aims to encourage children to try their hand at an array of events, including bunny spotting, Easter card making and a special Easter bonnet parade.