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  1. 1
    not able to keep your head above water when your feet are touching the bottom of a swimming pool, the sea etc

    Children should be supervised when out of their depth.

  2. 2
    in a situation that you cannot deal with because it is too difficult or dangerous

    Her boss seemed to be out of his depth.

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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