out of one's element

out of one's element
where one does not belong or fit in

He is out of his element teaching the computer course. He doesn't know anything at all about computers.


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  • out of one's element — {adv. phr.} Outside of your natural surroundings; where you do not belong or fit in. * /Wild animals are out of their element in cages./ * /Chris is out of his element in singing class./ Compare: OUT OF PLACE, BEYOND ONE S DEPTH. Contrast: IN ONE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • out of one's element — {adv. phr.} Outside of your natural surroundings; where you do not belong or fit in. * /Wild animals are out of their element in cages./ * /Chris is out of his element in singing class./ Compare: OUT OF PLACE, BEYOND ONE S DEPTH. Contrast: IN ONE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • out\ of\ one's\ element — adv. phr. Outside of your natural surroundings; where you do not belong or fit in. Wild animals are out of their element in cages. Chris is out of his element in singing class. Compare: out of place, beyond one s depth Contrast: in one s element …   Словарь американских идиом

  • in one's element — {adv. phr.} 1. In one s natural surroundings. * /The deep sea fish is in his element in deep ocean water./ 2. Where you can do your best. * /John is in his element working on the farm./ Compare: AT HOME 2. Contrast: OUT OF ONE S ELEMENT …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • in one's element — {adv. phr.} 1. In one s natural surroundings. * /The deep sea fish is in his element in deep ocean water./ 2. Where you can do your best. * /John is in his element working on the farm./ Compare: AT HOME 2. Contrast: OUT OF ONE S ELEMENT …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • in\ one's\ element — adv. phr. 1. In one s natural surroundings. The deep sea fish is in his element in deep ocean water. 2. Where you can do your best. John is in his element working on the farm. Compare: at home(2) Contrast: out of one s element …   Словарь американских идиом

  • element — [el′ə mənt] n. [ME < OFr < L elementum, first principle, element] 1. any of the four substances (earth, air, fire, and water) formerly believed to constitute all physical matter 2. any of these four substances thought of as the natural… …   English World dictionary

  • element — n. component 1) a basic, essential, vital element group 2) a foreign element 3) criminal; extremist; subversive; undesirable elements substance 4) chemical elements natural environment 5) in one s element; out of one s element factor 6) the human …   Combinatory dictionary

  • out\ of\ place — I. adv. phr. Not in the right or usual place or position. Harry fell and knocked one of his teeth out of place. The teacher lined up the class and told them not to get out of place. Compare: out of order Contrast: in place II. adj. phr. In the… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • element — n. 1 a component part; a contributing factor or thing. 2 Chem. & Physics any of the hundred or so substances that cannot be resolved by chemical means into simpler substances. 3 a any of the four substances (earth, water, air, and fire) in… …   Useful english dictionary

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