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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Just now I need to find my bearings," he told BBC News 24.
When I later watched the movie, I saw that I crawl around the ground for a couple of seconds and try to find my bearings.
While I was waiting, I thought it a good idea to take out my Echo and consult the golf pull-out, to find my bearings on the course and also advertise the South Wales Echo to the many American fans nearby on the course.
I would have been trying to find the area, I would have been trying to find my bearings.
Carl Smith, club and restaurant manager: Whilst driving around the park to find my bearings shortly after I started work at Plas Coch I was shocked to drive past a tree which had a man and a woman carved into it.