at\ sea

I. adv or adj. phr.
1. On an ocean voyage; on a journey by ship.

They had first met at sea.

2. Out on the ocean; away from land.

By the second day the ship was well out at sea.

Charles had visited a ship in dock, but he had never been on a ship at sea.

II. adj. phr.
Not knowing what to do; bewildered; confused; lost.

The job was new to him, and for a few days he was at sea.

When his friends talked about chemistry, Don was at sea, because he did not study chemistry.

Compare: at a loss

Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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