Definition of at sea in English:

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at sea

1Sailing on the sea.
Example sentences
  • ‘Over time, the images evolved from ships in port to more elaborate ships at sea,’ said Freeman.
  • ‘Our goal is to provide the safest, highest quality U.S.-produced dairy products to our troops anywhere, ground troops or ships at sea,’ he says.
  • More explicitly, the building is an event on the horizon, like a ship at sea, with its assemblage of long white volumes rising out of a dense dark base clad in strips of charcoal-coloured slate.
1.1 (also all at sea) Confused or unable to decide what to do: he feels at sea with economics
More example sentences
  • Rather you want to throw out a lifeline to the subjects, who are clearly confused and all at sea.
  • As though that were not bad enough, we are now being told that our investment policy, which is momentous to any purposeful economic development, is all at sea.
  • While Kerry were solid enough at the back, they were all at sea at midfield, while they never threatened down the wings and this was the most disappointing aspect of all.
confused, perplexed, puzzled, baffled, mystified, bemused, bewildered, nonplussed, disconcerted, disoriented, dumbfounded, at a loss, at sixes and sevens
informal flummoxed, bamboozled, fazed, discombobulated
archaic mazed
See parent entry: sea
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