outside (one's) 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/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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and willingly put a client in touch with the true experts, rather than trying to take on something outside their ken.
On the other hand, most journalists are outside their ken and represent risk beyond possible gain.