out of one's depth

out of one's depth
phrasal

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out of one's depth
1. In water where one cannot touch bottom with one's head above the surface, or too deep for one's safety
2. In a situation, etc beyond one's understanding
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Main Entry:depth

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in water too deep to stand in
figurative beyond one's knowledge or ability to cope

the Governor is out of his depth, politically adrift


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • out of one's element — {adv. phr.} Outside of your natural surroundings; where you do not belong or fit in. * /Wild animals are out of their element in cages./ * /Chris is out of his element in singing class./ Compare: OUT OF PLACE, BEYOND ONE S DEPTH. Contrast: IN ONE …   Dictionary of American idioms

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  • out\ of\ one's\ element — adv. phr. Outside of your natural surroundings; where you do not belong or fit in. Wild animals are out of their element in cages. Chris is out of his element in singing class. Compare: out of place, beyond one s depth Contrast: in one s element …   Словарь американских идиом

  • beyond one's depth — or out of one s depth phrasal beyond the limits of one s capabilities < an actor who is clearly out of his depth in serious drama > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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