find (one's) bearings

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find (one's) bearings

To recognize or determine one's orientation, position, or abilities relative to one's surroundings or situation. It took me a little while to find my bearings in the new office, but after a week, I felt as if I'd been working there for years. We need to get above the treeline if we're going to find our bearings and reach the campsite before dark.
See also: bearing, find
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Refusing requests to to be interviewed, one of his friends said: "He wants to keep a low profile so he can find his bearings.
He has been given another month to find his bearings before being considered for first-team duty.
Once again, Deans mopped his brow and sucked in a deep breath as if trying to find his bearings.
The England midfielder has taken time to find his bearings since arriving from Southampton for PS25million.
Golf's man of the moment is still trying to find his bearings after an incredible weekend landed him a spot in The Open.
Pam Gauri, Hospital Co-ordinator of the NGO Valley of Love which is trying to help him find his bearings, said: "He says different things at different times.
KARUN Chandhok is trying to find his bearings in a completely new racing category -- the World Endurance Championships.
But he is hardly alone in taking time to find his bearings at the highest level.
Grayson confirmed his player, who had taken a head knock against Birmingham on Wednesday, had suffered another blow to the head early on and was struggling to find his bearings.
Grayson felt the Celtic loanee received a shove in the back from Mason in the build-up to the goal but also confirmed his player, who had taken a head knock against Birmingham on Wednesday, had suffered another blow to the head early on and was struggling to find his bearings.
But he also confirmed his player, who had taken a head knock against Birmingham on Wednesday, had suffered another blow to the head early on and was struggling to find his bearings.
Soon enough, too, Travis started to find his bearings at the high end.
As well as something called 71 Degrees North, in which Gav will soon be seen stumbling around the North Pole trying to find his bearings, he's just taken part in a bizarre TV show called Human Guinea Pig, in which he sits in a car and gets electrocuted just for fun.
Chris believes Gelert may be able to discern light and shade so she is putting white tape stripes on wooden staircases and white paint at strategic points to help him find his bearings.
Steve Harmison, one of those trying to find his bearings on a practice strip, would have been banned from bowling for 30 minutes had Hurst applied the letter of the law.