throw (one) in at the deep end

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throw (one) in at the deep end

To prompt or force one to begin doing something very complex and/or unfamiliar, especially suddenly and without guidance, assistance, or preparation. I had never worked in sales before, but my boss threw me in at the deep end, and I learned quickly. The lecturer likes to throw his students in at the deep end on the first day of class by assigning them to write a 2,000-word essay on one of Shakespeare's plays.
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throw someone in at the deep end

COMMON If you throw someone in at the deep end, you make them learn how to do a job or task by starting with the most difficult parts. I believe you gain confidence by being thrown in at the deep end. Then there's no way out. You have to get on with it and produce the goods. Note: You can also say that you jump in at the deep end, meaning that you choose to do this yourself. Sometimes you learn more by jumping in at the deep end. Note: The deep end is the end of a swimming pool where the water is deepest.
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