a bit beyond (one's) ken

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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 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'.
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beyond your ken

outside your range of knowledge or understanding.
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References in classic literature ?
Life is a mad dance in the domain of flux, wherein appearances in mighty tides ebb and flow, chained to the wheels of moons beyond our ken. Appearances are ghosts.
If then, in the countless ages of the past, or at the present hour in some foreign clime which is far away and beyond our ken, the perfected philosopher is or has been or hereafter shall be compelled by a superior power to have the charge of the State, we are ready to assert to the death, that this our constitution has been, and is--yea, and will be whenever the Muse of Philosophy is queen.
"That cannot be," returned Don Quixote, "because night overtook me while I was there, and day came, and it was night again and day again three times; so that, by my reckoning, I have been three days in those remote regions beyond our ken."
To lose one's entire family, in the space of a few frantic heartbeats, is simply beyond our ken. Sardar clawed his way out of the flood, only to look behind and see "nothing but cold, muddy water".
We've said it in this column before and we'll say it again - quite why Delorentos aren't an arena-sized band here is beyond our ken.
FURTHER to Steve Holder's letter 'Doddy not involved in radio show' (Birmingham Mail Talkback pages, March 16), he quite rightly stated that the late Ken Dodd did not appear in the show "Beyond Our Ken".
In every instance, however, Zoe beautifully captures exactly what we crave from fairy and folktales: that swirling sense of living in thrall to forces beyond our ken.
This was followed by countless BBC series, including The Ken Dodd Show, Beyond Our Ken and Ken Dodd's Laughter Show, and he entered the big time in 1965 with the longest-ever run at the London Palladium (42 weeks).
His TV shows included The Ken Dodd Show, Beyond Our Ken, Ken Dodd's Laughter Show and An Audience With Ken Dodd and he entered the big time in 1965 with the longest-ever run at the London Palladium - 42 weeks.
He also ventured into TV shows including "The Ken Dodd Show," "Beyond Our Ken" and "Ken Dodd's Laughter Show."
Martin and Barrie, two retired gentlemen, had fun naming shows such as Take It From Here, Life with the Lyons, Raise A Laugh, The Navy Lark, The Goons and Round the Horne and, Beyond Our Ken with Kenneth Horne at the helm.
We are passengers on a rock swinging through the solar system in a celestial dance choreographed by forces beyond our ken and control.
Synopsis: The stories comprising Silas Dent Zobal's "The Inconvenience of the Wings" inhabit a imaginative landscape so expansive in conception that it permeates the border between the natural and the supernatural, showing us that what seems beyond our ken is as much a part of the human experience as the tactile ground on which we tread.
All this goes on, largely ignored or tacitly allowed, even as we pay lip service to an historical event from years beyond our ken.
when the body rattles is beyond our ken no matter which flag drapes the coffin...