Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal.

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.
See also: murky, water

(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.
See also: murky, uncharted, water
References in periodicals archive ?
Ioannou told CyBC that tap water may occasionally come through looking murky but said that in this case, this did not impact quality.
The Raqqa Fire Department managed to recover the car, and the divers are still searching for the children's bodies, a difficult task due to the murky nature of the river and its fast flow.
SEXY n Jess swam in murky waters IN A LATHER Jessica shows off CLEANED UP Jessica showers
The perverts and the murky recesses of cyberspace are two parts of an unholy trinity completed by the mobile phone, a device that allows pictures to be sent anywhere in an instant.
His investigation set in motion a chain of events that exposed a top-draw conclave of murky figures locked in a secret battle with pro-Earth terrorists.
He began his career in specialty coffee in 2002 when he opened the now-popular murky coffee in Arlington, Virgina.
Yesterday, six frogmen took turns to plunge up to 55 feet into the murky water where they were forced to search by touch alone.
Perhaps that accounts for all the strange ramblings of his dark and murky mind.
But you know in the murky world of professional sport, people are prepared to do that.
The words "depressed" and "depression" are used so casually in everyday conversation that their meaning has become murky.
IT HAS BEEN common knowledge for years that the murky events triggering the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution--the closest Vietnam ever got to a U.
Officer Sesoko, with the help of a nearby resident, threw in a discarded box spring for the boy to hold onto, but it sank into the murky water.
Many factors contribute to such stresses, but just how they do so remains murky.
Paul from his murky depiction in the New Testament to a fleshed-out personality, Paul of Tarsus reasoning, theology, and narrative skills into a fascinating and dramatic examination.
The burdens of godhood form a dangerous path, with ultimate goals murky and shrouded by the weight of history.