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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