turn one's hand

turn one's hand
phrasal
1. archaic : to lay one's hand especially to kill — used with upon
a. : to engage in manual work

plans must be drawn before a hand can be turned to building

b. : set to work : be employed : apply oneself — used with to

had begun turning his hand to occasional literary journalism — Cecil Sprigge

could turn their hand to almost anything in the line of pantomime — Winthrop Palmer


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • turn one's hand to — To apply oneself to • • • Main Entry: ↑turn * * * undertake (an activity different from one s usual occupation) a music teacher who turned his hand to writing books …   Useful english dictionary

  • turn one's hand to — ► turn one s hand to undertake (an activity different from one s usual occupation). Main Entry: ↑hand …   English terms dictionary

  • turn one's hand to — See: PUT ONE S HAND TO …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • turn one's hand to — See: PUT ONE S HAND TO …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • turn\ one's\ hand\ to — See: put one s hand to …   Словарь американских идиом

  • To turn one's hand to — Turn Turn (t[^u]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Turned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Turning}.] [OE. turnen, tournen, OF. tourner, torner, turner, F. tourner, LL. tornare, fr. L. tornare to turn in a lathe, to rounds off, fr. tornus a lathe, Gr. ? a turner s… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • turn one's hand — or turn a hand phrasal to set to work ; apply oneself …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • turn one's hand to — undertake (an activity different from one s usual occupation). → hand …   English new terms dictionary

  • turn one's hand to something — see hand …   Useful english dictionary

  • put one's hand to — or[set one s hand to] or[turn one s hand to] {v. phr.} To start working at; try to do. * /Hal does a good job at everything mat he turns his hand to./ * /After Mr. Sullivan found farming unprofitable, he moved to town and turned his hand to… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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