out of one's league

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

out of one's league

  1. (idiomatic) In a situation in which one is mismatched with one or more others whose accomplishments, preparedness, or other characteristics are on a significantly higher or lower level than one's own.
    • 2008, Laura Collins-Hughes, "Neil LaBute Finds Reasons To Be Nice (theatre review)," New York Sun, 3 Mar.,
      He has an unwitting instructor in his cocky, bullying co-worker and pal, Kent (Pablo Schreiber), a slimeball whose knockout wife, Carly (Piper Perabo), is way out of his league.
  2. (idiomatic) Out of one's depth; in a situation which one is poorly prepared to handle.
    • 1964, "Also Current (book reviews)," Time, 15 May,
      Most U.S. authors trying to depict European sophistication seem indefinably out of their league, like children sashaying around in grown-up shoes.
    • These questions are out of my league, please let me ask a higher-up.
  3. (idiomatic) Too good or too expensive for one.
    An expensive car is out of your league right now, don't you think?