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in the depths of (something)

In the middle of and wholly consumed by a particularly negative and/or difficult situation or emotional state. The country was in the depths of the worst economic disaster of the last century. While I was in the depths of depression, I found that I couldn't even get out of bed in the morning.
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fathom the depths of (something)

To explore or penetrate the deepest, core meaning or nature of something. The movie hardly fathoms the depths of the human condition, but it's an entertaining picture nonetheless. You really have to fathom the depths of your own imagination to get the most out of reading her latest novel.
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be out of (one's) depth

To be in a field or situation that exceeds one's knowledge or ability. Of course she's out of her depth with 25 employees reporting to her—she had hardly any supervisory experience before you gave her the job! I asked Alex to consult on this project because it's a bit out of my depth.
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beyond (one's) depth

1. In water that is too deep for one to swim in. The lifeguard had to save the girl who had gotten beyond her depth in the pool.
2. Advanced beyond one's ability to understand or make sense of the subject matter or task at hand. The stuff they're teaching in this advanced math class is beyond my depth.
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beyond one's depth

1. Lit. in water that is too deep. Sally swam out from the beach until she was beyond her depth. Jane swam out to get her even though it was beyond her depth, too.
2. Fig. beyond one's understanding or capabilities. I'm beyond my depth in calculus class. Poor John was involved in a problem that was really beyond his depth.
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*out of one's depth

Fig. involved in something that is beyond one's capabilities. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) You know, you are really out of your depth in this project. I am sure I am out of my depth in organic chemistry.
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in depth

in a complete way that includes everything in detail There wasn't time to go into each problem in depth, but we did get a short description of every case.
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out of your depth

knowing very little about a subject I know I'm out of my depth with teenagers.
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plumb the depths (of something)

to carefully examine something in order to understand or explain it Who would want to plumb the depths of the criminal mind?
Etymology: based on plumb line (a cord with a heavy piece of metal attached to it, used to measure the depth of water under a ship)
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be out of your depth

to not have the knowledge, experience, or skills to deal with a particular subject or situation When Ruth started talking about the differences between the databases, I knew I was out of my depth. By half-time, England was losing 4-0 and the English players were looking hopelessly out of their depth.
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plumb the depths

1. to experience extreme sadness (usually + of ) His wife left him in May and during the following months he plumbed the depths of despair.
2. to understand something in detail, especially something that is difficult to understand (usually + of ) In hypnosis we plumb the depths of the unconscious.
3. if something that someone does or says plumbs the depths, it is very bad (often + of ) I read one review which said the show plumbed the depths of tastelessness.
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sink to such depths

to behave very badly I find it hard to believe that human beings could sink to such depths.
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in depth

Profoundly, thoroughly, as in It will take years to cover the entire subject in depth. [Mid-1900s]
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out of one's depth

Also, beyond one's depth. Outside one's understanding or competence, as in He was out of his depth in that advanced calculus class, or The conductor realized that playing the fugue at the right tempo was beyond their depth . This expression alludes to being in water so deep that one might sink. [c. 1600] Also see over one's head.
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References in classic literature ?
At every two feet which the hole gained in depth they successively withdrew the blocks.
At the expiration of the first month the well had attained the depth assigned for that lapse of time, namely, 112 feet.
No fresh occurrence thenceforward arrested the progress of the operation; and on the tenth of June, twenty days before the expiration of the period fixed by Barbicane, the well, lined throughout with its facing of stone, had attained the depth of
Unlike the historic wrist depth gauges used by the Italian Navy, which were usable to a depth of 30 metres, the innovative Luminor 1950 Submersible Depth Gauge measures depths to 120 metres, and it also memorises the greatest depth encountered in the course of the dive.
Thus, relatively large indentation forces and depths are normally applied to a reference material that either has a high modulus or exhibits significant plastic deformation, i.
This region holds the richest copper and nickel deposits known in the USSR, and the Soviets wanted to see if additional deposits lay hidden at lower depths, says Vadim I.
Some of these veins were productive to depths of up to 2,250 feet.
Under cratons, however, such zones either did not exist or lay much deeper; the mantle directly under cratons was colder and had a high seismic velocity to depths greater than 200 km.
RPA has reviewed the Verena study and concurs that there is potential for high grade shoots that may extend to depths of at least 200 metres or 300 metres below the surface, based on analogy with other Precambrian shear zone hosted gold deposits in Brazil.
When the researchers plotted the average values of chemical content versus the average depths of ridges in an area, their data fell along a remarkably clear line.
Zurowski, Executive Vice President and COO, stated that, "The increased thickness and persistence of the high grade mineralization to such substantial depths at Deposit No.
Scarfe, has shown that komatiite can be created at much higher pressures--and hence depths in the earth --than was commonly believed.
The follow-up drilling will test the deeper down-dip and down-plunge extensions of existing measured gold resources to depths greater than 1,500+ feet.
And these depths, Bollinger has recently found, appear to be distributed in an unusual pattern.
Kluane) drill and personnel with respect to daily footage, core recovery, hole depths, move time and minimal surface disturbance.