be at sea

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be at sea

1. To literally sail on the sea in a boat or ship. A: "Is your mother at sea yet?" B: "Yes, her cruise lasts several weeks."
2. To be puzzled, perplexed, or completely confused (about a subject or some task at hand). I tried to do well in this class, but I've been at sea since we started.
See also: sea

at sea, to be/all

To be bewildered, to have lost one’s way. Presumably it reflects the idea of literally having lost one’s bearings while at sea. It was so used by Dickens and other nineteenth-century writers.
See also: all
References in classic literature ?
I am at sea, and without sure counsel; my heart beats as though it would leap out of my body, and my limbs fail me.
"Konstantin used his expertise to create an area I can enjoy being in, which makes such a difference, given that I am at sea for three months.
I am at sea about the role I would like the public sector to play in this area.
When I am at sea, I have to stand three watches, and I normally run on the treadmill in between those watches."