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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Seriously, we're not in Kansas anymore. We can tuck a bit of basketball into the workday.
ANN, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore ...
The familiar statement, "Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore!" could be uttered by career and technical educators who have not kept up with advances in distance education.
We're not in Kansas anymore, but we're still just four states over.
We're not in Kansas anymore." It is of critical importance that foreign creditors involved in an emerging market restructuring make a special effort to understand the local insolvency laws and the local legal systems.
"Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."
Darwin, we're not in Kansas anymore. The Kansas State Board of Education took two webbed footsteps backwards by deleting every reference to evolution in their science curriculum.
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