(to be) like a fish out of water

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - like a fish out of water

"like a fish out of water"

to be in a situation that you know nothing about or are not accustomed to


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - like a fish out of water

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  How are you finding the transition from accounting to account management?

Colleague 2:  It's all quite difficult and confusing.  I am never sure just what it is I should be doing.

Colleague 1:  It's natural to feel like a fish out of water for the first few weeks.  You'll settle in in no time.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - like a fish out of water

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How's school going?

Friend 2:  I'm feeling a little like a fish out of water.

Friend 1:  Why is that?

Friend 2:  Well, after spending twenty years in the workforce, going to school with a bunch of bright, smart quick young people makes me feel out of place. I'm not sure I can manage the workload.

like a fish out of water - Usage:


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like a fish out of water - Gerund Form:

Feeling like a fish out of water leading the meeting, I simply did my best.

like a fish out of water - Examples:

1)  Weeden has looked like a fish out of water in the NFL, especially compared to the other starting rookie QB.

2)  One of the reasons that we feel like a fish out of water when we enter a new culture, is that we do not ...

3)  ... not a social butterfly so I dread social engagements. I'm like a fish out of water when it comes to going out there and meeting a bunch of ...

4)  As a science graduate working in asset management, she says she felt like a fish out of water.

5)  ... brilliant for the first 65 minutes of the game, but he looked like a fish out of water in the shootout.

6)  I already feel like a fish out of water as a man trying to bring up a kid on my own.

7)  In truth, she was like a fish out of water and pretended to like all that wretched hot weather.

8)  Harry's jaw opened and stood there like a fish out of water.

9)  ... much like a tattoo novice can feel very much like a fish out of water when facing the industry for the first time.

10)  When I first got to China I felt a little bit like a fish out of water.

11)  ... to make it around the world on my own. I'd be like a fish out of water, came the call -- a man out of his depth.

12)  I was determined to make the most of it and not be like a fish out of water. I was a bit nervous in my first event but ...

13)  ... that she feels like a fish out of water in her family and that the things that are broken inside of ...

14)  ... he would be like a fish out of water and I doubt would last 4 years with any credibility.

15)  ... that is puzzling or causes confusion. A person said to be like a fish out of water is in a strange situation or environment and therefore feels uncertain what ...

16)  ... first got to Canada I knew very little English so I often felt like a fish out of water.

17)  However your hysterics prove that you are now floundering like a fish out of water.

18)  I was like a fish out of water. I was totally lost, I didn't know what to ...

19)  ... my husband and the sense of community was not there. I felt like a fish out of water in this new town.

20)  I went back to college at 35. Yes, I felt like a fish out of water around the 19 year olds.