Definition of try one's hand at in US English:

try one's hand at


  • Attempt to do (something) for the first time, typically in order to find out if one is good at it.

    ‘a chance to try your hand at the ancient art of drystone walling’
    • ‘He even tried his hand at drawing in an attempt to capture the movement of the situations he found fascinating, but later realised that the camera does a better job, he says.’
    • ‘The night will also provide dancing until midnight and a chance to try your hand at a game of roulette or blackjack.’
    • ‘She is looking forward to a long holiday in Canada visiting family and hopes to try her hand at something different during her retirement.’
    • ‘You will have success in whatever you try your hand at.’
    • ‘Those going along have the chance to try their hand at various activities including abseiling, rock climbing and orienteering.’
    • ‘The children tried their hand at more than one game.’
    • ‘Now he is trying his hand at more formal history.’
    • ‘He now tried his hand at politics, seeking a better deal for sailors and soldiers.’
    • ‘We intend to buy a rundown property: it's something we have always fancied trying our hand at - a blank canvas on which to make our mark.’
    • ‘As well as the chance to try their hand at calligraphy, youngsters got up close to a variety of weapons such as a Celtic sword and 17th century rapier.’
    make an attempt at, have a shot at
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