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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INTERPRETERS A GREAT HELP: With most signs and hoardings in Arabic, non-Arabic speakers find it difficult to find their bearings during Haj.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Researchers announced that they have successfully created perfect one-dimensional molecular wires of which the electrical conductivity can almost entirely be suppressed by a weak magnetic field at room temperature, a mechanism possibly closely related to the biological compass used by some migratory birds to find their bearings in the geomagnetic field.
Michael Bell's juveniles often need their initial start to find their bearings and The Lark was staying on in good style despite her evident inexperience.
relies for his assessment of the Enlightenment and the rise of tolerance on slightly dated literature, and despite the fact that almost no Anglophone works are engaged, these volumes enable theologians and historians to find their bearings in the almost impenetrable landscape of interconfessional dialogues.
The guys will have to take at least a few shifts to find their bearings.
The new map, in Trinity Street, has a "You Are Here" arrow to help tourists and shoppers find their bearings in the city.
The village hall is always a difficult place to play due to its confined space and this caused problems for the visiting Mariners, who struggled to find their bearings as a rampant Vikings plundered an 18-2 lead in the first period.
The doves are a model of community--a flock flies together, going the same direction with one common purpose--to find their bearings and head home.
After both sides struggled to find their bearings with a greasy ball on a slippy surface, James McGovern opened the scoring for Down seconds after Brown's penalty miss and by the 13th minute they were 0-3 to 0-1 ahead.
Americans also should hope that Democrats find their bearings after Tuesday's defeat, because a vigorous opposition is an important part of the system of checks and balances.
He adds: 'The simple use of work as a therapy, while perhaps seeming unconventional by today's standards, has been successful for centuries in helping the mentally unwell find their bearings again.
With stand-in centre-backs Emmanuel Petit and Oleg Luzhny struggling to find their bearings, Seaman made a fabulous save to divert Pauleta's close-range volley from Fernando's left-wing cross.
Field is better acquainted than anyone else in Britain, perhaps in the world, with the minutiae of the issues with which current Malory scholarship concerns itself; anyone attempting to find their bearings in this dense Arthurian forest will find the volume a valuable guide, not only on account of the locations systems offered in the essays (since even the best research can rarely provide definitive answers), but for a sense of the direction of current debates and the mapping offered in the bibliography.
It took about a month after the Northridge Earthquake for them to find their bearings again.
His courage and leadership helped New Yorkers find their bearings - and show courage of their own - in the days, weeks, and months following the disaster.