in at the deep end

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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.

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(thrown) in at the deep end

  1. (idiomatic) 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.

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