to take a stab at

Idiom Definition

"to take a stab at"

to try or attempt or guess at something

Idiom Definition - to take a stab at


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to take a stab at

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: What are you working on?

Friend 2: I'm trying to change the tube on this bicycle tire.

Friend 1: Is it not working for you?

Friend 2: I've been trying for an hour but can't seem to do it.

Friend 1: Would you like me to take a stab at it?

Friend 2: Thanks.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to take a stab at

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Did you finish that budget projection?

Colleague 2: No and it's driving me crazy. I can't get the numbers to align correctly.

Colleague 1: Let me take a stab at your projection.

Colleague 2: It would be great if you gave it a try. I'll email it to you, thanks.

to take a stab at - Usage:


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to take a stab at - Gerund Form:

Taking a stab at something you don't know how to do is better than not trying at all.

to take a stab at - Examples:

1)  I included it because I figured I'd take a stab at it.

2)  With that in mind, let's take a stab at who can win the gold medal for Team USA in 2016.

3)  Take a stab at writing poetry (or other forms of creative writing).

4)  Anybody care to take a stab at which President was the first to launch an undeclared war against Libya?

5)  I feel like I can now take a stab at music differently.

6)  I'd like to take a stab at this one from a logistical standpoint.

7)  Any chemists want to take a stab at what substance is created from this recipe?

8)  I hope you don't mind if I take a stab at the question of " positive " punishments in Hell.

9)  Any republicans want to take a stab at being consistent?

10)  It is open source, so if someone out there wants to take a stab at it, the source code's available on

11)  Anti-Illuminati graffiti artist Mear One takes a stab at waking folks up across the pond.

12)  Eileen works to support them while Campbell takes a stab at being a student.

13)  The Cut takes a stab at rounding up the world's 50 ugliest shoes.

14)  Google took a stab at re-inventing the wheel and Google+ is now a ghost town.

15)  Previously, I took a stab at projecting the forward groupings, and the jury is still out on that one.

16)  I took a stab at it today and got rather wet and tired for my pains.

17)  I took a stab at editing your code so it would look good here.

18)  It wouldn't be the first time that a notable director has taken a stab at the concert film genre. 

19)  Don't read on until you have taken a stab at the problem.

20)  Paul Thomas Anderson has taken a stab at making The Great American Movie.