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out of one's depth

  1. (literally) In water so deep that one cannot stand and may be at risk of drowning. [1]
  2. (figuratively, idiomatic) In a situation which one is poorly prepared or unprepared to handle.
    Synonyms: in over one's head, out of one's league
    The team's first game was against the league champions; they were out of their depth and knew it.