Words of the Week – take a stab at

To take a stab at means to attempt to complete a task without significant guidance.

You’ll hear this term most often in team situations. A team leader delegating a task might say, “Why don’t you take a stab at it? If you have questions, I’ll be here to help.” This phrase also works if you want to volunteer for something by saying, “I’ll take a stab at it.”

Americans also use “take a shot at” the same way.

Author: Grayson Leverenz

Grayson Leverenz founded MBA in the USA® to help international students build networks, find jobs, and have fun in the USA. Hundreds of global professionals have benefited from Grayson’s intercultural workshops, and she has worked with people from Brazil, China, India, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA to build effective virtual teams and craft brilliant careers.

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