be out of your element

to feel unhappy and uncomfortable in a situation

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • out of your element — out of your ˈelement idiom in a situation that you are not used to and that makes you feel uncomfortable • I feel out of my element talking about politics. Main entry: ↑elementidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • be out of your element — be out of (your) element to feel unhappy or strange because you are in a situation that you are not familiar with. He felt out of his element at such a formal occasion …   New idioms dictionary

  • be out of your element — phrase to feel unhappy and uncomfortable in a situation Thesaurus: to be, or to become sad, regretful or upsetsynonym Main entry: element …   Useful english dictionary

  • in your element — in (your) element doing something you like very much and are comfortable with. Paul is in his element when he s working in the office, but when he s making sales calls, he s miserable. Usage notes: the opposite meaning is expressed by out of your …   New idioms dictionary

  • element — el|e|ment W1S2 [ˈelımənt] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(part)¦ 2 element of surprise/truth/risk/doubt etc 3¦(chemistry)¦ 4¦(people)¦ 5 the elements 6¦(heating)¦ 7 the elements of something 8¦(earth/air/fire/water)¦ 9 be in your element …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • element — noun (C) 1 CHEMISTRY a simple chemical substance such as carbon or oxygen that consists of atoms of only one kind compare compound 1 (1) 2 an element of surprise/danger/doubt etc a small amount of a quality or feeling: There s always an element… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • element */*/*/ — UK [ˈelɪmənt] / US noun [countable] Word forms element : singular element plural elements 1) a) an important basic part of something complicated, for example a system or plan an important/essential element: Our new management system includes two… …   English dictionary

  • element — el|e|ment [ elımənt ] noun count *** ▸ 1 basic part of something ▸ 2 in science ▸ 3 small important amount ▸ 4 for heating ▸ 5 earth/air/fire/water ▸ 6 weather ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) an important basic part of something complicated, for example a… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • element*/*/*/ — [ˈelɪmənt] noun 1) [C] an important basic part of something, for example a system or plan Fieldwork is a key element of this course.[/ex] Advertising is not the only element in the marketing process.[/ex] 2) [C] science a substance that consists… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 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

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