beyond (one's) 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.
See also: beyond, depth

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.
See also: beyond, depth
References in classic literature ?
He seemed beyond his depth; if he did or said anything, he might come to regret it.
The first time that Kotick went down to the sea a wave carried him out beyond his depth, and his big head sank and his little hind flippers flew up exactly as his mother had told him in the song, and if the next wave had not thrown him back again he would have drowned.
But he was told the presidency was way beyond his depth. The man who would be President Mwai Kibiaki was rejected by the Moi system.
Noynoy Aquino has nonetheless tried and overreached himself beyond his depth and competence when he promised to reform and transform society, which is easier said than done.
When things begin to unravel, Ryan finds himself playing a role considerably beyond his depth and realizes he must find a graceful and honourable way to leave.
What if something happens.' Kate can't comprehend Tom's fear of the water, a poor swimmer, reluctant to go beyond his depth. 'I need to be able,' he says, 'to stand up in the water.'
Greg Aimi, AMR research director, recently told our Jeff Berman that "beyond his depth of knowledge, he brought passion to his work.
The second part, however, reveals almost immediately that the author is seriously beyond his depth with the French Revolution.