be at sea

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be at sea

1. To literally sail on the sea in a boat or ship. A: "Is your mother at sea yet?" B: "Yes, her cruise lasts several weeks."
2. To be puzzled, perplexed, or completely confused (about a subject or some task at hand). I tried to do well in this class, but I've been at sea since we started.
See also: sea
References in classic literature ?
I am at sea, and without sure counsel; my heart beats as though it would leap out of my body, and my limbs fail me.
Konstantin used his expertise to create an area I can enjoy being in, which makes such a difference, given that I am at sea for three months.
I am at sea about the role I would like the public sector to play in this area.
When I am at sea, I have to stand three watches, and I normally run on the treadmill in between those watches.