Definition of turn one's hand to in US English:

turn one's hand to


  • Undertake (an activity different from one's usual occupation)

    ‘a music teacher who turned his hand to writing books’
    • ‘A farmer by occupation, he could turn his hand to other jobs, too, such as building, carpentry, gardening, butchering, poetry and lots of other chores about the house.’
    • ‘An avid bodyboarder since he was 13, Steve says that the surf lifestyle influenced everything he turned his hand to, including his design degree at university.’
    • ‘‘That's why I can turn my hand to so many different jobs,’ he said.’
    • ‘So the audience also requires the makeup artists who makeup the humans - and that's what Peter's turning his hand to now: training film and TV makeup artists.’
    • ‘His was a talent to touch on many different topics: he turned his hand to criticism about music, the drama and the visual arts.’
    • ‘Jamie excelled at most things that he turned his hand to.’
    • ‘The late Nellie was a woman of many talents and could turn her hand to many different crafts.’
    • ‘Shakespeare turned his hand to more literary endeavours; in April 1593, Venus and Adonis was entered in the Stationers Register, and in June, Richard Field, a Stratford man, published it.’
    • ‘I can't wait to turn my hand to some different projects and to spend more time with my family.’
    • ‘Last year he turned his hand to transport design, undertaking a €35 million makeover of Eurostar trains.’
    tackle, take on, take on oneself, take up, accept, shoulder, handle, assume, manage, deal with, take responsibility for, take forward, be responsible for
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