'dabble at being rich' ?

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  • lablady

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    English - USA
    The word dabble means to play at, or to try, or to do something without serious intent. The journalist is infering that, in Waterhouse's case, his lifestyle was not that of a rich person, though he tried out the rich person's lifestyle once in a while (somewhat like one tries out a hobby).
     

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    American English
    The word dabble means to play at, or to try, or to do something without serious intent. The journalist is infering that, in Waterhouse's case, his lifestyle was not that of a rich person, though he tried out the rich person's lifestyle once in a while (somewhat like one tries out a hobby).
    For me, it also carries the connotation that he doesn't have enough money to really BE rich, but can only try it out for awhile and not adopt it as a lifestyle.
     
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