The deep end
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British pronunciation/ðə dˈiːp ˈɛnd/
American pronunciation/ðə dˈiːp ˈɛnd/
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a situation that is very difficult because one is not prepared to deal with it

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What is the origin of the idiom "the deep end" and when to use it?

The idiom "the deep end" has its origins in the world of swimming pools. It refers to the part of a pool that is furthest from the shallow or safe area, where the water is typically deeper and more challenging to navigate. The deep end is associated with greater risks and difficulties due to its depth. This expression is used to describe a situation or experience that is intense, challenging, or overwhelming.

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the section of a swimming pool where the water is at its deepest point

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I had never worked in sales before, but my boss threw me in at the deep end, and I learned quickly.
John was pushed into the deep end of parenthood when his wife unexpectedly had to travel for work, leaving him to care for their three young children.
When I started my new job, they threw me in at the deep end by assigning me a major project on my first day.
They went off the deep end when they discovered their project had been canceled.
She goes off the deep end whenever someone criticizes her work.
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