murky waters

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
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Better Government Association Policy Director Madeleine Doubek will discuss how to navigate the murky waters of political ads and find reliable information to take to the voting booth.
Nothing beat watching the submarine Nautilus make its way through murky waters to be caught up in the twirling tentacles of a giant squid.
For generations the urban creek has been diverted and tunnelled underground, only to rise behind malls--its murky waters unable to sustain much life of any form beyond algae.
Researchers have now found a new genus of electric fish called the Akawalo penak in shallow, murky waters of a river in South America.
DOZENS of swimmers braved murky waters as an 18-year-old woman smashed the world record time for bog snorkelling.
She had been snorkeling in murky waters not far from the shore on the island of Maui when she was attacked by a shark last Wednesday.
KANDHKOT -- Two people drowned while 3 were rescued when their boat capsized while fishing behind Lake View Park in the murky waters early Tuesday morning.
SET several years after the finale of Risen, this sequel takes up in a world devastated by raging ancient gods and monstrous creatures, risen from the murky waters.
Organiser George Cunningham said the bigger squids proved elusive because they couldn't see the bait in the murky waters.
But he could be entering murky waters as he battles to compete with a long list of Titanic films, books and TV dramas.
To track down tasty fish in murky waters, seals rely on their whiskers-not their eyes or ears.
SO we still have one toe stuck firmly in the murky waters of the EU, or should we call it the German Union because the French leader is just a poodle on a leash being pulled along by his German counterpart.
if not all, are named they have for like andlaugh in referral lily-livered North West The bankers are rewarded with large bonuses for bankrupting the country, politicians fiddle expenses at a cost to the taxpayer, top Met police officers resign over alleged bribery, and dark murky waters surround David Cameron and the behaviour of his advisers.
Brent Reuter, managing director of Hong Kong and head of Sales and Distribution, Asia, said, 'Guiding asset managers through the sometimes murky waters of increased and complex regulatory requirements, being nimble and providing a consultative, partner-based approach to asset servicing is something Alessandro and RBC Dexia know very well.
The croc leapt out of the murky waters and attacked as the female tusker and her baby stopped for a drink.