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 ?
Red-bearded it was, and red-haired, but even in dried death there was an ironness of feature and a massive brow that hinted to him of mastery of secrets beyond his ken. No more than did he know it once had been a German, did he know it was a German professor's head, an astronomer's head, a head that in its time had carried within its content profound knowledge of the stars in the vasty heavens, of the way of star-directed ships upon the sea, and of the way of the earth on its starry course through space that was a myriad million times beyond the slight concept of space that he possessed.
He said it simply--somebody somewhere ought to have stopped something, but who or how or why were all beyond his ken.
The little pile of bones in the rude cradle, fashioned with such loving care by the former Lord Greystoke, meant nothing to him-- that one day that little skull was to help prove his right to a proud title was as far beyond his ken as the satellites of the suns of Orion.
BEYOND HIS KEN Kenny Shiels' credentials have been questioned by Ireland star McClean
He's free to explore the canyon's abundant beauty, but the grown-ups who stay at the lodge are mired in concerns beyond his ken: "Adults didn't possess these things because they moved too unheedingly through the landscape, they didn't notice, they no longer apparently saw, touched, heard." Adulthood represents a world Scotty instinctively wishes to fend off for as long as possible.
Similarly, it is beyond his ken to see that, although football remains a male dominated world, women can take a break from baking buns to enjoy the game and even make a career from it.
Such rural concerns as inflated housing costs and the closure of cottage hospitals, post offices and schools are beyond his ken. So are the consequences of Europe's common fishing policies on British waters, perhaps the most controversial concession made by Ted Heath in negotiating Britain's membership of what was then called the European Common Market.
What we are witnessing is Sigmar's transformation into an artist, a creative writer who invents a world beyond his ken.
In his brilliant study of cultural differences that resonate in texts treating of dogma and religious diversity, Terence Cave asks us to put ourselves in the place of either Alcofribas Nasier, the narrator of Pantagruel, wandering over the mountains and lands in his master's mouth (the source of the episode belongs to Folengo), who meets a cabbage planter tending to his crops, or Montaigne, in his report of an encounter he had with native Americans in Rouen, who confers with naked friends from worlds beyond his ken.
The CEO of a health care system may not want a clinical CIO, or any CIO, reporting to him because he does not feel competent to guide someone with training in technologies beyond his ken.