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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 (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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be beyond (one's) ken

To be 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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outside (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 outside 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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beyond/outside your ˈken

(old-fashioned) not within your knowledge or understanding: Such things are beyond my ken.
Ken is an old word for ‘knowledge’.
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Their love affair remained hidden as Ken had a wife, Monica, whom he had met while studying in Austria.
Ken said that he always shunned the so-called 'juice head' culture that became popular in the 90s, when some bodybuilders took steroids to develop increased bulk.
Paying tribute to Ken, his sister Dawn described the Welshman as laid back, easy going and known for his love of animals.
Even if the pair are not a match, Neil will still be able to donate to someone who is and Ken will be given priority for the next match that becomes available.
Nesbitt's last words stuck in my brain; 'if nothing is done, at best, Ken is going to suffer a stroke, at worst, he is going to die.'
Ken's relationship with Anne Jones (born Sybil Jones) began in 1980, although the two had known each other as acquaintances for many years.
Ken died on January 15 after battling Alzheimer's Disease.
His dad worked for an aircraft manufacturer and Ken soon developed a love for planes.
And because the body tweaks are compared against the original Ken silhouette, these changes are most noticeable when the dolls are standing next to each other.
Ken has splashed out PS12,000 to buy the same Red and White bus, which is now kept in Barry, after discovering it had been restored by a transport enthusiast.
For the next few weeks Ken made the same 60-mile journey on the Red and White Route One bus, which cost two shillings and sixpence.
CORRIE favourite Ken Barlow will stun viewers by jumping into bed with his new love interest.
FAN BLOG Aston Villa blogger COLIN ABBOTT pays tribute to former Villa player Ken Barrett who died this week.
LIVERPOOL legend Ian Rush has paid tribute to Sunday Mirror reporter Ken Gorman, who died of a heart attack last week.