make a stab at

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 the problem.


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  • make a stab at — (something) to try something new or different. We are making a stab at high speed rail service …   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

  • make a stab at something — make a stab at (something) to try something new or different. We are making a stab at high speed rail service …   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 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

  • stab — [stab] n. [ME stabbe, prob. < stobbe, var. of stubbe,STUB] 1. a wound made by piercing with a knife, dagger, or other pointed weapon 2. a thrust, as with a knife or dagger 3. a sudden sensation of anguish or pain vt. stabbed, stabbing …   English World dictionary

  • stab — /stab/, v., stabbed, stabbing, n. v.t. 1. to pierce or wound with or as if with a pointed weapon: She stabbed a piece of chicken with her fork. 2. to thrust, plunge, or jab (a knife, pointed weapon, or the like) into something: He stabbed the… …   Universalium

  • 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

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