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a bit beyond (one's) ken

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 a bit beyond my ken.
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beyond (one's) ken

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 ken.
See also: beyond, ken

be beyond (one's) ken

To be 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 ken.
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outside (one's) ken

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 outside my ken.
See also: ken, outside

beyond one's ken

outside the extent of one's knowledge or understanding. Why she married that shiftless drunkard is beyond our ken. His mean attitude to others is quite beyond my ken.
See also: beyond, ken

beyond your ken

If something is beyond your ken, you do not know about it or understand it. The quirks of the antiques business were beyond his ken. The scientific subject matter is beyond the ken of the average person. Note: `Ken' here means the full range of someone's knowledge or understanding. The Scottish verb `ken' means `know'.
See also: beyond, ken

beyond your ken

outside your range of knowledge or understanding.
See also: beyond, ken

beyond/outside your ˈken

(old-fashioned) not within your knowledge or understanding: Such things are beyond my ken.
Ken is an old word for ‘knowledge’.
See also: beyond, ken, outside
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As culture reporter and then arts editor on the ECHO I had the privilege of meeting Ken many times, and at many of the functions he was invited to as the most famous of Merseysiders.
When it became apparent that he was approaching his final days, Ken asked Anne whether she wanted to tie the knot.
How I wish Ken had accepted his diabetic condition and sought treatment.
A total of 15 new and diverse Kens debuts today, enough to form three tiny basketball teams, which brings up one obvious omission from the Ken lineup.
Ken left the RAF and trained to be a bus driver to work with Shirley before the pair married in 1959.
Ken and Audrey laughed again with the Queen's card pride of place on the mantelpiece.
Thanks, Ken, for your help, skill, craftsmanship, artistry and good cheer over the last twenty five years.
Alan feels Ken was never the same person afterwards - and then he died.
I saw Ken not so long ago and I cannot believe this has happened.
Ken focused on positive developments and wanted to know what students thought and what they saw in their own growth.
Ken is survived by his sister, Ruth Ellen Purvis and her husband Bob Purvis; cousin, Linnea Eldridge; nieces, Judith Oliva, Carol Oliva, and Andrea Collins; and one nephew, Tony Oliva.
The 54-year-old's friends and family have been fundraising tirelessly to pay privately for the drug, which Ken believes will give him precious extra time with his family.
Much has changed since Jim and Ken Taggart established ECS Refining and United Datatech Distributors in California's Silicon Valley to serve the destruction and remarketing needs of the areas high-tech manufacturers.
Now, after a heart-wrenching, two-year separation, Barbie and Ken are back together.