be out of (one's) element

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be out of (one's) element

To be uncomfortable in a certain situation, typically because one lacks experience or familiarity with it. She usually just orders takeout, so she's really out of her element in the kitchen. I know you're out of your element in this new school, but you'll make friends soon, and things will get better. I asked Alex to consult on this project because I'm out of my element here.
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Donald O'Connor, 1954: The comic sidekick seemed to be out of his element in the lead position, so he got down to business: ``On with the reading of the will.