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out of your depth

Meaning: If you're out of your depth, you're in a situation that you don't have the experience to handle, or the knowledge to understand.

For example:

  • If it hadn't been for all the advice her friends had given her, Jodie would have felt a bit out of her depth on her first date.

  • I'd only been a policeman for a couple of weeks, and here I was trying to talk a guy out of shooting his family and himself. I was totally out of my depth.

Quick Quiz:

I knew I was out of my depth when
  1. I couldn't find anyone to talk to
  2. I saw how easy the exam was
  3. they started talking about quantum physics

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