Definition: to feel unhappy or strange because you are in a situation that you are not familiar with

Examples:

Elen found herself in a complete awkward situation when being dragged to her friend’s party. Since she wasn’t very socially dynamic and led a quiet life, Elen felt out of her element around other social butterflies.

We were out of our element at the grandeur and luxury level of the wedding ceremony since we had only been to events like this on rare occasions.

 

Socially dynamic: sociable

 

Social butterfly (n): a person who is socially dynamic, networking, charismatic, and personally gregarious

 

Grandeur (n): the quality of being great and impressive in appearance

 

On rare occasions: seldom, barely