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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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plumb the depths (of something)

To experience, understand, explore, or exhibit something in explicit detail or to an extreme degree. These valiant officers plumb the depths of heroism every day that they step foot on our streets. This new study aims to plumb the depths of the relationship between one's mood and one's appetite. I plumbed the depths of grief and despair for years after the death of my son. My hope is that I can now help others who are struggling in similar situations.
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sink to such depths

To lower one's ethical standards (or perceived standards) by behaving in a malignant, self-centered, or despicable manner. In the wake of these vicious attacks, it's horrible to think that our fellow citizens could sink to such depths in the name of patriotism. I knew John wasn't the most philanthropic guy around, but I never expected him to sink to such depths.
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in depth

In thorough and complete detail. (Hyphenated if used before a noun.) We discussed the issue in depth, but we still couldn't find a suitable solution. If you want to read more, I have an in-depth review on my website.
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out of (one's) depth

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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hidden depths

1. Robust or complex aspects or characteristics that are not easily noticed or readily apparent. While the film makes no apologies for its graphic, over-the-top violence, there are hidden depths to the characters and their motivations that make this much more than just some schlocky B movie. If you get to know him, you come to realize that his ironic, apathetic pubic demeanor are on show to hide hidden depths of anguish and insecurity.
2. A place or part of something that is hidden away and requires a lot of searching or prior knowledge. I'm hesitant to give my child access to the internet, knowing full well what horrible things lie in its hidden depths. Astronomers have discovered a new solar system in the hidden depths of space.
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plumb new depths (of something)

To experience, understand, explore, or exhibit something in explicit detail or to an extreme degree. These valiant officers plumb new depths of heroism every day that they step foot on our streets. This new study aims to plumb new depths of the relationship between one's mood and one's appetite. I plumbed new depths of grief and despair for years after the death of my son; my hope is that I can now help others who are struggling in similar situations.
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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

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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out of your depth

COMMON If you are out of your depth, you do not have the experience or skill to deal with the situation you are in. You may feel out of your depth on an honours degree course. The team struggled for 90 embarrassing minutes, hopelessly out of their depth. Note: This expression refers to someone who is in deep water but cannot swim very well, or cannot swim at all.
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plumb the depths

1. If someone's behaviour plumbs the depths, it is extremely bad. This crime plumbs the very depths of the abyss into which it is possible for the human spirit to sink.
2. If you plumb the depths of something, you find out everything you can about it. He doesn't plumb the depths of a text in the way of his contemporaries. We can never fully plumb the depths of the unconscious.
3. If someone plumbs the depths of an unpleasant or difficult situation or emotion, they experience it to an extreme degree. They frequently plumb the depths of loneliness, humiliation and despair. Note: The above expressions relate to sailing in former times. When a ship was in shallow water one of the sailors would find out how deep the water was by dropping a piece of lead on a string, called a `plumb', over the side of the ship.
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plumb new depths

If someone or something plumbs new depths, they behave even worse or are even worse than before. Critics and the public both expected him to plumb new depths of tastelessness. She will be remembered for having plumbed new depths in local government corruption.
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hidden depths

admirable but previously unnoticed qualities.
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out of your depth

unable to cope due to lack of ability or knowledge.
Literally, if you are out of your depth you are in water too deep to stand in.
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plumb the depths

1 reach the extremes of evil or unhappiness. 2 inquire into the most obscure or secret aspects of something.
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ˌin ˈdepth

thoroughly: The report treats the subject of homelessness in some depth.an in-depth analysis, discussion, etc.
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out of your ˈdepth

(informal) in a situation that is too difficult for you to deal with or understand: When they start talking about economics, I’m out of my depth.
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in the depths of something

at the worst or most unpleasant stage of something: in the depths of despair, poverty, depression, etc.in the depths of winter
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plumb the ˈdepths of something

reach the lowest or most extreme point of something: When his friend was killed, he plumbed the depths of despair.Originally, this referred to finding out the depth of the sea, etc. by dropping a weight tied to a rope into the water.
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A depth map is an image with per-pixel depth information, indicating the distance of each three-dimensional data point from the center of the camera in the scene.
With the unmistakable case of the Luminor models, milled from a solid block and distinguished by the bridge with the lever device protecting the winding crown, the Depth Gauge is water-resistant to 120 metres.
Pethica, Measurement of hardness at indentation depths as low as 20 nanometers, in ASTM STP 889, Microindentation Techniques in Materials Science and Engineering, P.
Even more startling, the Soviets report evidence of fluids still flowing in fractured and porous rock at depths of up to 9 km.
Boyd and Gurney have argued that these diamonds could have crystallized only at depths of 150 km or greater in the mantle because it takes very high pressures for diamonds to form.
More melt would result in thicker crust, which would extend higher than its thinner counterparts and hence would have a shallower depth, being closer to the ocean surface.
Consequently the deposit is not only open along strike and at depth but it is also open to potential additional thickness in certain areas.
C05-20 is the most southwesterly hole drilled to date and is entirely within the favourable CQFP and is dominated by chalcocite mineralization to a depth of 216 m (0.
One possibly significant aspect of the findings is that the PICP depths lie above the Appalachian decollement -- a dividing fault between rocks that were thrust up on the existing crust at least 200 million years ago during the building of the Appalachian Mountains.
Hole EGD008, drilled on an azimuth of 270 degrees, inclined at -75 degrees and collared approximately 450 metres northeast of, and parallel to, hole EGD006, has intersected approximately 120 metres of very strong chalcopyrite and bornite (copper sulphide) mineralization with minor visible gold associated with bornite, beginning at a down-hole depth of 1380 metres (true depth of approximately 1340 metres).
The samplings from which the results were derived, was extensive in nature, varying in depths and locations throughout the anomaly.
in 1979 suggests un-altered basement at depths ranging between 300 and 800 metres at the western margin of the property (assessment report 74F15-0008).
Over 50 diamond drill holes between the depths of 100 to 350 metres, totalling approximately 13,000+ metres on Block A, are proposed for completion before winter break-up in April 2005.
ZF 1 and ZF2 are currently at depths of 1003 metres and 696 metres respectively, and it is anticipated that both of these drillholes will intersect the Platreef at depths of some 1200 metres.