Idiom of the day

throw someone in at the deep end

Meaning: If you throw someone in at the deep end, you give them a difficult job to do, or a serious problem to deal with, before they have the knowledge or experience for it.

For example:

  • In her first overseas teaching job, Kathy was thrown in at the deep end with a class of 30 kids and no training, no books, and no guidelines.
     
  • Our manager thinks the best way to introduce new staff to the job is to throw them in at the deep end and see how they go.
     

Origin: Metaphorical. Probably related to the fact that swimming pools usually have a deep end and a shallow end. If someone is thrown in at the deep end, they'll drown unless they manage to get to the side of the pool. 

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