Out Of One's Element Meaning
(idiomatic) In a situation which is unsuitable, unfamiliar, or unenjoyable.
Example: 2004, Brian Kellow, The Bennetts: An Acting Family, The University Press of Kentucky (2004), ISBN 0813123291, unnumbered page:
Mrs. Hobson was particularly out of her element in New York, which she regarded as the most sinful of cities, and seldom ventured out of the apartment for any length of time.
2007, Laurence Bergreen, Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu, Alfred A. Knopf (2007), ISBN 9781400043453, page 183:
In this varied, often mountainous terrain, the Mongols were out of their element, and they relied on local mercenaries for support.
2009, Mary BeltrÃ¡n, Latina/o Stars in U.S. Eyes: The Making and Meanings of Film and TV Stardom, University of Illinois Press (2009), ISBN 9780252034541, page 164:
Unfortunately, Alba appears out of her element in both roles, particularly with respect to her attempt to proximate believable accents for her characters.