be not in Kansas anymore

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be not in Kansas anymore

To no longer be in a place that one knows or where one is comfortable; to be in a completely unfamiliar and/or discomfiting environment. A reference to The Wizard of Oz, in which Dorothy, upon arriving to Oz, says, "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." It can actually be quite shocking to finish college and enter the workforce, because suddenly you realize that you aren't in Kansas anymore and life operates in a totally different way now. As we walked into the bustling streets of Delhi, we knew we weren't in Kansas anymore.
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Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.
The series began with 1985's I've a Feeling We're Not in Kansas Anymore, a catchy collection of stories about a gay Manhattanite named Bud (presumably Mordden himself) and his oddball friends.
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