out of (one's) depth

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out of (one's) depth

In a field or situation that exceeds one's knowledge or ability. Of course she's out of her depth with 25 employees reporting to her—she had hardly any supervisory experience before you gave her the job! I asked Alex to consult on this project because it's a bit out of my depth.
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*out of one's depth

Fig. involved in something that is beyond one's capabilities. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) You know, you are really out of your depth in this project. I am sure I am out of my depth in organic chemistry.
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out of one's depth

Also, beyond one's depth. Outside one's understanding or competence, as in He was out of his depth in that advanced calculus class, or The conductor realized that playing the fugue at the right tempo was beyond their depth . This expression alludes to being in water so deep that one might sink. [c. 1600] Also see over one's head.
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out of your depth

COMMON If you are out of your depth, you do not have the experience or skill to deal with the situation you are in. You may feel out of your depth on an honours degree course. The team struggled for 90 embarrassing minutes, hopelessly out of their depth. Note: This expression refers to someone who is in deep water but cannot swim very well, or cannot swim at all.
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out of your depth

unable to cope due to lack of ability or knowledge.
Literally, if you are out of your depth you are in water too deep to stand in.
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out of your ˈdepth

(informal) in a situation that is too difficult for you to deal with or understand: When they start talking about economics, I’m out of my depth.
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The so-called Scottish Government find it's easy to ban smoking in public places, but when it comes to real issues like the misuse of drink and drugs, they are out of their depth.
A stiff breeze swept the ball out of reach - and the youngsters were quickly out of their depth .
China bowed out without a goal and with ten against, and have looked way out of their depth. You'd think that the experience will make them stronger and there must be a reservoir of talent in the world's most populous nation just waiting to be tapped.