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.
It's always interesting when bikers try their hand at the joys of car racing.
The Skills Show, at the NEC from 13 -15 November and free to attend, is open to teachers, parents, children and businesses and will showcase a wide range of vocations across the three days, including offering people the opportunity to try their hand at more than 45 skills with the 'Have a Go' experiences.
Visitors are invited to bring their cameras and try their hand at Close-up (macro) and table top photography.
PATIENTS at a Newcastle hospice will soon be able to try their hand at watercolour painting thanks to a donation from Tyneside Decorative and Fine Arts Society (TYDFAS).
WANNABE market traders are being encouraged to try their hand at selling their wares at a one-off market in Whitley Bay.
There will also be a number of creative activities at the event - including make-andtake sessions, as well as falconry displays and opportunities for visitors to try their hand at archery.
If there are any women out there wanting to try their hand at plumbing, bricklaying and carpentry or wanting to become electricians or engineers they should just bite the bullet and give it a go.
Mexico's failure to quench the world's thirst for tequila has encouraged others to try their hand. More than 14,000 kilometers away in South Africa, Agave Distillers makes its own version of the Mexican beverage, which it calls Agave Sunrise.
Similar to a project that Alessi, the Italian manufacturer of hip household products, had sponsored 20 years ago, architects who had little experience in product design were invited to try their hand at creating tea and coffee sets.
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.
Soon this informal group developed into a nonprofit arts organization with the mission to provide opportunities for all to make, view and discuss film, and create an environment where novices could try their hand at filmmaking.
The college will encourage pupils from Years 9 and 10 and adult learners to try their hand at a variety of fun-based vocational activities.
As part of the Active 500 scheme, Newcastle City Council is giving people the chance to try their hand at a range of activities.
can try their hand at with a new short life drawing course