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
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In specialty coffee, we toss around venerations as legend and luminary perhaps too freely, elevating ordinary people to a level that is often beyond their depth.
He said: "People can easily get swept out beyond their depth.
The company said in a statement: "The team had been playing rugby on the beach when some of the team members entered the shallow surf to cool down but were swept out beyond their depth and began to struggle with the strong currents.
But it's no accident that physicians are considered excellent prospects for financial planners or speculators with blue-sky investment proposals--physicians may respond with emotion when asked to consider matters beyond their depth.
Francis (serving respectively 1914-16 and 1917 until Lenin's accession) were both considered by the author to be beyond their depth.
Ask lifeguards about strong currents that can take even experienced swimmers from shallow water to beyond their depth very quickly.