out of one's element

Definition of out of one's element

:in a place or situation that is not suitable to a person
  • I tried living in the city, but I was/felt out of my element there.

Word by Word Definitions

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats

element play
  1. : any of the four substances air, water, fire, and earth formerly believed to compose the physical universe

  2. : weather conditions

  3. : the state or sphere natural or suited to a person or thing


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