beyond (one's) ken

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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 beyond my ken.
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beyond one's ken

outside the extent of one's knowledge or understanding. Why she married that shiftless drunkard is beyond our ken. His mean attitude to others is quite 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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Able undergraduates will find it informative but not a page-turner; less-able undergraduates will probably find it beyond their ken.
As long as we continue to empower our students with discovering worlds usually beyond their ken, there remains much promise for their future and that of our country.
I could see why Muslim boys were fascinated by him - he was not a madrasa educated person, he was a medical doctor, his accented English was beyond their ken, he wore dapper suits (though with skull cap and beard) and he was a world traveller not confined to the bylanes of Mohammad Ali Road which most of them were condemned to forever and could never hope to break out in a lifetime or more.
Then there were a few unasked-for jokes by Townshend about the internet and downloads, implying that here were a pair of old fogies in a new age of technological advances beyond their ken, wistfully suggesting the audience were largely too young to know who they were.
I have the utmost respect for the magazine's reviews of vacuums and DVRs and such, but pet food is beyond their ken.
And this wasn't one of those TV shows that seem so popular these days in which hapless celebrities are thrown into circumstances beyond their ken and comfort zone and the rest of us get a healthy dose of, schadenfreude.
Apart from two real waterfall-style fountains -providing a backdrop of trickling, splashing water -Ellen's master stroke is a series of giant tanks filled with live fish that meander and dart at will as the drama unfolds outside their watery worlds, almost matching the swirls and whirls of human torment beyond their ken.
He said: "That's why I have used icons like Madonna and Moira Anderson to represent gods and goddesses from Greek mythology that many folk would find beyond their ken.
The Feds have ruled out certain white-supremacy groups as suspects in the Oklahoma bombing because they say the organizational skills to orchestrate the intricate planning were beyond their ken.
But the kind of raw logi that the starry sky can represent is never quite reached by the humans that are contained within it: in Itatani's work it is the people that are finally most dissonant, bound by their bodies to lesser orders of being, flailing helplessly in worlds beyond their ken.
The ancients, however, had limited access to living things because so much of the world was beyond their ken.
Another key observation: Neither Klea nor Migo came across as particularly outstanding singers and dancers, so the vaunted dream of total performance that StarStruck bets are supposed to aim for (hence the many tests in each area of performance) is still beyond their ken.