in at the deep end

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Etymology:

  • Derived from the slope in a swimming pool, which is shallow at one side, for beginners, and has a deeper section designed for more experienced swimmers.
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To be put into a complex situation (especially work-related) without preparation or when lacking experience in the field; especially in the case of a new job. Derived from the slope in a swimming pool which is shallow at one side, for beginners, and has a deeper section which is designed for more experienced swimmers.
Also 'jump in at the deep end' - to deliberately tackle a difficult area; to take the bull by the horns

Submitted on July 07, 2010

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