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'.
See also: beyond, ken

beyond your ken

outside your range of knowledge or understanding.
See also: beyond, ken
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Timid and shy, and scared am I of things beyond my ken.'
She is on her way to IT skills beyond my ken, which is as it should be.
Living life without the constant help and support of the ultimate "Anything you want, we got" vendor is beyond my ken. But I myself spent years resisting ebooks until finally Kindle-itis struck, and now reading ebooks competes vigorously with a lifetime habit of television watching.
Perhaps there is some profound anthropological reason beyond my ken.
Trying to hold a golf club correctly was proving beyond my ken.
YOU will be well aware by now that many things that go on in the BHA's Race Planning department are beyond my ken.
Listed as a Junior Suite, it had the lot - a bed the size of a small football pitch, two roll top baths from which you could watch a flat screen television at either end, a separate shower with more water than you'd find at Niagara Falls, a host of other electronic gadgetry which was way beyond my ken and a genuine feeling of comfort without it seeming ostentatiously over the top.
My relationship with the magazine has been conducted by email, post and telephone, so I couldn't go up to anybody and say 'Hi Nick!' There were lots of people from publishing and promotion, and the visiting scientists were from 'hard sciences' beyond my ken - physics and technology.
How they manage to successfully recreate the sense of speed, car weight and gravitational forces in a PC game is beyond my ken...
Why tracks such as Kempton and Newbury wish to convert to racing on dirt is beyond my ken. If we are not careful, we will end up with far too many, and the beauty of Flat racing will be in danger of being lost.
They suggested knowledge of a presence beyond my ken." In "Hiring the Man who Builds Fires for a Living," she observes how "he lays each stick religiously as if it had grown toward this place from the beginning.
What forces beyond my ken or control could make this venture a disaster?
More to the point, improving the human-to-human relationship is far beyond my ken. Rather, I look for new ideas about meaning and value that might improve the human-to-earth bond.
But I haven't heard the problem since and suspect wither that I was pushing the speakers just a bit or that my aging ears were so clean that I heard stuff that in normally beyond my ken.
Again my mother's voice rings clearly in my mind: "The Word was made flesh." And the soft voice of a child uttering things beyond my ken: "And dwelled among us." And then a third Ave Maria.