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.
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FIND YOUR BEARINGS Whilst ' upsizing' may be in fashion as far as alloy wheels are considered, it is not very kind on the wheel bearings which could wear out prematurely, as well as increase your fuel consumption overtly.
Find your bearings, though, and Arkham City is a stunning experience that improves on its predecessor in almost every way.
The Moon wants you to find your bearings, and that for most of us starts in terms of feeling happy and comfortable at home.
It includes an-hour long guided tour, a good way to find your bearings, before you immerse yourself (very apt in Venice) in its great history.
A supportive network of teachers, friends, and family can help you find your bearings.
If you make a move to a club of that magnitude you need time, especially if you are a youngster, to find your bearings.
You are suddenly swallowed up by concrete and left to find your bearings in the open sky.
Packed with cracking bars, restaurants, gift shops and galleries, it's the ideal place to find your bearings.
Yet with this knowledge you can now start to find your bearings.
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There is a new layout this year, so be sure to find your bearings.