Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

out of (your) depth

out of your depth
Meaning(s)
1) to be outside of your capabilities or comfort zone
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • feeling out of my depth
  • Analysis
    To be 'out of your depth' means that you are out of your comfort zone or do you not have the skills required to cope with what is being asked of you. This is an idiomatic phrase that is often used in a negative context to describe a feeling of being overwhelmed or feeling ill-equipped.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I thought I would feel out of my depth in the advanced algebra class but I'm finding it very enjoyable.
    2. When you are feeling overwhelmed or out of your depth, it might be time to take a break or ask for help.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I feel a bit out of my depth in this role. I haven't had any training in this area and I am working independently.
    2. I feel we are a bit out of our depth here and ill-equipped to make a decision. Perhaps we should consider hiring a consultant.
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