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out of (one's) element
Uncomfortable in a certain situation because it is not the one with which one has experience, familiarity, or expertise (i.e. one's "element"). She usually just orders takeout, so she's really out of her element in the kitchen. I know you're out of your element in this new school, but you'll make friends soon, and things will get better. I asked Alex to consult on this project because I'm out of my element here.
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*out of one's element
Fig. not in a natural or comfortable situation. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) When it comes to computers, I'm out of my element. Sally's out of her element in math.
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out of one's element
see under in one's element.
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out of your ˈelementin a situation that you are not used to and that makes you feel uncomfortable: I feel out of my element talking about politics.
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