make a stab at doing something

make a stab at doing something
have/make a stab at (something/doing something) to try to do something, or to try an activity that you have not done before.

I'd never tried water skiing before, but I had a stab at it while I was in Greece.

She made a reasonable stab at solving the problem.


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  • have a stab at doing something — have/make a stab at (something/doing something) to try to do something, or to try an activity that you have not done before. I d never tried water skiing before, but I had a stab at it while I was in Greece. She made a reasonable stab at solving… …   New idioms dictionary

  • make a stab at something — have/make a stab at (something/doing something) to try to do something, or to try an activity that you have not done before. I d never tried water skiing before, but I had a stab at it while I was in Greece. She made a reasonable stab at solving… …   New idioms dictionary

  • make a stab at — have/make a stab at (something/doing something) to try to do something, or to try an activity that you have not done before. I d never tried water skiing before, but I had a stab at it while I was in Greece. She made a reasonable stab at solving… …   New idioms dictionary

  • make a stab at — {v. phr.} To try doing something at random without sufficient preparation. * /The singer was not familiar with the aria but she decided to make a stab at it anyhow./ Contrast: STAB IN THE BACK, STAB IN THE DARK …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • make a stab at — {v. phr.} To try doing something at random without sufficient preparation. * /The singer was not familiar with the aria but she decided to make a stab at it anyhow./ Contrast: STAB IN THE BACK, STAB IN THE DARK …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • make\ a\ stab\ at — v. phr. To try doing something at random without sufficient preparation. The singer was not familiar with the aria but she decided to make a stab at it anyhow. Contrast: stab in the back, stab in the dark …   Словарь американских идиом

  • stab — 1 verb stabbed, stabbing 1 (T) to push a knife into someone or something: stab sb to death: Smith was found stabbed to death in a burning car. | stab sb in the heart/arm etc: Luca stabbed her in the thigh with a breadknife. 2 (I, T) to make quick …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • stab — [c]/stæb / (say stab) verb (stabbed, stabbing) –verb (t) 1. to pierce or wound with, or as with, a pointed weapon. 2. to thrust or plunge (a knife, etc.) into something. 3. to penetrate sharply, like a knife. 4. to make a thrusting or plunging… …  

  • stab — stab1 [stæb] v past tense and past participle stabbed present participle stabbing 1.) [T] to push a knife into someone or something →↑stabbing ▪ He was stabbed to death in a fight. stab sb in the heart/arm etc ▪ She had been stabbed in the chest… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • stab — stab1 [ stæb ] verb * 1. ) transitive to kill or hurt someone by pushing a knife or other sharp object into their body: His brother was stabbed in the hand. stab someone to death: One fan was stabbed to death in a fight between gangs. a ) to push …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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