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murky waters

A situation or circumstance that is foreign, unclear, or unfamiliar and which may be dangerous or difficult as a result. We're starting to get into murky waters exploiting these tax loopholes. If we aren't careful, the government may crack down on us hard! John keeps himself so closed off that I've never understood the murky waters of his emotions.
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(be in/get into) murky/uncharted ˈwaters

(be in/get into) a difficult or dangerous situation that you do not know anything about: As I opened up the computer to try and fix the problem, I realized that I was getting into completely uncharted waters and decided to leave it to the experts.
Murky water is dark or dirty. If somebody is in uncharted waters, they are in an area of sea or ocean that is not known or recorded on a map.
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Against the background of the murkiness of Bulgarian law on the sex industry, it is notable that one set of busts, in Sofia and elsewhere in May 2010, was codenamed "Pimps"--even though, reportedly, some of those detained were prostitutes.
Almost all of the botanical names were checked against the US Department of Agriculture's Germplasm Resource Information Network, to avoid the multiple names and murkiness that haunts many classification attempts.
His probing led him into the murkiness of British nuclear policy.
But in the second half, the murkiness began to take a hold.
Heavy bass buried Aaron Turner's sporadic vocals while a murkiness on Dulcinea and Backlit lessened their potency.
Some drivers were using side lights but they were barely visible through the murkiness.
Martin Towers, prosecuting, described the events of the Friday 13th party as being "surrounded in murkiness, mainly due to the amount of drink consumed".
Indeed, it is the very murkiness of the issues that enhances the theatrical effectiveness of such plays.
The 1920s era is impressively recreated, showing Los Angeles in all its beauty and ugliness, and as Christine delves further into the labyrinthine murkiness of the police department the atmosphere is nicely sustained as she has to deal with bullying policemen, duplicitous lawyers and harsh authorities.
He came up but then went down again and did not resurface for 10 minutes, and his brother and friend failed to locate his body due to the murkiness of the water.
What the narratives all have in common is a sense of murkiness, allowing the reader small glimpses of what is beneath the surface, while requiring them to ask questions and draw their own inferences, filling in the puzzle pieces until the final picture is revealed.
Some runners felt the murkiness of the course slowed them down.
And it must be said that the likes of Tattersalls and Doncaster have made some efforts in recent years to distance themselves from the institutionalised corruption of the sales ring, a world within the world of racing that used to leave those looking at it from outside the industry almost speechless at the murkiness of its methods.
The seizure of the 15 Britons who allegedly entered Iranian waters and were captured by the Iranians, without fighting back, is all too reminiscent of the murkiness of the factoids surrounding the Gulf of Tonkin incident which initiated the Vietnam War.
Two paintings of bat caves reveal a darker side of the natural world, and of the artist, and the murkiness of the caves provides a nice contrast to the vivid intensity of the reef, the jungle, and the forest.