beyond\ one's\ depth

adj or adv. phr.
1. Over your head in water; in water too deep to touch bottom.

Jack wasn't a good swimmer and nearly drowned when he drifted out beyond his depth.

2. In or into something too difficult for you; beyond your understanding or ability.

Bill decided that his big brother's geometry book was beyond his depth.

Sam's father started to explain the atom bomb to Sam but he soon got beyond his depth.

When Bill played checkers against the city champion, Bill was beyond his depth.

Compare: over one's head(1)

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  • beyond one's depth — {adj.} or {adv. phr.} 1. Over your head in water; in water too deep to touch bottom. * /Jack wasn t a good swimmer and nearly drowned when he drifted out beyond his depth./ 2. In or into something too difficult for you; beyond your understanding… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • beyond one's depth — {adj.} or {adv. phr.} 1. Over your head in water; in water too deep to touch bottom. * /Jack wasn t a good swimmer and nearly drowned when he drifted out beyond his depth./ 2. In or into something too difficult for you; beyond your understanding… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • beyond one's depth — or out of one s depth phrasal beyond the limits of one s capabilities < an actor who is clearly out of his depth in serious drama > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • beyond one's depth — phrasal or out of one s depth 1. : in water that is deeper than one s height 2. : beyond the limit of one s mental capability …   Useful english dictionary

  • out of or beyond one's depth — idi out of or beyond one s depth beyond one s knowledge or capability …   From formal English to slang

  • out of one's depth — phrasal see beyond one s depth * * * out of one s depth 1. In water where one cannot touch bottom with one s head above the surface, or too deep for one s safety 2. In a situation, etc beyond one s understanding • • • Main Entry: ↑depth * * * in… …   Useful english dictionary

  • out of one's depth — phrasal see beyond one s depth …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • out of one's depth — ► out of one s depth 1) in water too deep to stand in. 2) in a situation beyond one s capabilities. Main Entry: ↑depth …   English terms dictionary

  • out of one's depth — 1》 in water too deep to stand in. 2》 in a situation beyond one s capabilities. → depth …   English new terms dictionary

  • depth — [depth] n. [ME depthe < dep: see DEEP & TH1] 1. a) the distance from the top downward, from the surface inward, or from front to back b) perspective, as in a painting 2. the quality or condition of being deep; deepness; specif …   English World dictionary

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