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I came across this phrase today

Try one's hand at something

Why is it not hands since we have a pair of hands?

In addition to that, I have also noticed both

pleasing to the ear

pleasing to the ears

are commonly used. Are both version grammatically correct?

The closest match I can find in dictionary is music to ears which is plural.

  • There is a similar phrase: "He can turn his hand to anything." – Weather Vane Aug 14 at 10:59
  • Basically, "try ones hand" is idiomatic. "Try ones hands" is not. – Hot Licks Aug 14 at 11:39
  • @HotLicks think "try her hands", "try his hands", "try our hands" sounds idiomatic too. – Jalene Aug 14 at 15:14
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    @Jalene - "Dry her hands" is idiomatic. "Try her hands" is not. – Hot Licks Aug 14 at 18:23
  • Idioms can't really be explained logically, they just happen. – Barmar Aug 19 at 23:49

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