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17th October 2021

He's out of his depth

We use this expression to say that work or studies are too difficult for somebody.
Usage
Written: 
Yes
Spoken: 
Yes
Formal: 
Yes
Informal: 
Yes
Example 1
How is Francis getting on with his new job?
I think he's a bit out of his depth, to be honest.
Well he doesn't really know anything about computers so I'm not surprised.
Example 2
Mary, how are you feeling about your classes at the moment.
I'm still feeling a bit out of my depth.
Maybe you should try having a week or two in an easier class.

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