turn (one's) hand to (something)

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turn (one's) hand to (something)

To undertake or apply oneself to (doing) something; to attempt or be able to do something. I'd like to turn my hand to learning the saxophone in my spare time. With Sarah's intelligence, she could probably turn her hand to anything after high school.
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turn one's hand to something

to begin to or to be able to do something. I would like to turn my hand to Chinese cooking. He gave up accounting and turned his hand to writing poetry.
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turn one's hand to

Also, put one's hand to. Apply oneself to, begin working at, as in Next she turned her hand to starting her dissertation, or He was so lazy he wouldn't put his hand to anything. [c. 1700]
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turn your hand to something

COMMON If you turn your hand to something, you start doing it and do it well, even though you may not be trained to do it. Judy is one of those women who can turn her hand to most things. Although he's first and foremost an actor, he has recently turned his hand to writing a short film.
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turn your hand to something

undertake an activity different from your usual occupation.
1994 Barbara Anderson All the Nice Girls Win had always told him he was an able man, a fixer, one who could turn his hand to anything.
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turn your ˈhand to something

start doing something or be able to do something, especially when you do it well: Jim can turn his hand to most jobs around the house.
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References in classic literature ?
He was a darling; he was equal to anything; there wasn't anything he couldn't turn his hand to.
Lee's other grandma Jessie Charlesworth, 84, said: "He can turn his hand to doing all sorts.
Morton boss Allan Moore had to turn his hand to a spot DIY at the club's training ground to prepare the place for pre-season.
30pm Russell Crowe being the silver screen stalwart that he is can turn his hand to almost any role - and there's never any doubt of his ability to fully immerse you in his character.
THE eponymous star of this series is one of those rare talents in showbiz: a man who can turn his hand to just about anything.
He's another reality show performer who can turn his hand to anything - singing, acting and now presenting.
The Hollywood director, known for his gangster flicks, has decided to turn his hand to rom-coms.
His learning capacity is amazing, he's very intelligent, and he can seemingly turn his hand to anything.
VETERAN striker Neil Candlish is ready to turn his hand to coaching after more than 20 years in the thick of the action.
Later, he decided to turn his hand to acting in BBC2 sitcom 'Orrible.
FORMER Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston has said he would like to turn his hand to comedy - to "surprise everyone and myself ".
JOHN Grisham proves he can turn his hand to a country tale or two.
He's not a pop star or songwriter but a member of the show band fraternity - a professional entertainer who can turn his hand to anything if the money is right.
Powell, who numbered Rhyme 'N' Reason's Grand National and two Cheltenham Festival successes among 603 wins in a career spanning almost 20 years and more than 7,000 mounts, finally called a halt to his riding days in June, to turn his hand to training at a yard near Winchester.
He was a talented musician and singer - able to play violin (his first instrument) but also proficient on piano, guitar, organ and able to turn his hand to other instruments too.