be new to the game

be new to the game

To be inexperienced in a particular area. (Despite its use of the word "game," this phrase does not usually refer to sports.) I know my employees are skeptical of me because I'm new to the game—I need to find a way to gain their trust.
See also: game, new

be new to the game

to lack any experience of a particular activity I'd never interviewed anyone on television before. I was new to the game and needed all the advice I could get.
See also: game, new