lose (one's) bearings

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lose (one's) bearings

To lose sight of or become unable to determine one's orientation, position, or abilities relative to one's surroundings or situation. Trying to find her way home through the woods in the dead of night, Sarah lost her bearings when the clouds obscured the stars overhead. I feel like I've been losing my bearings in life ever since I lost my job.
See also: bearing, lose
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The Chelsea boss knows that at home PSG are formidable but away from home they frequently lose their bearings - they are more GPS.
As a result, adult bees have upset navigation and lose their bearings, dying of exposure while juveniles are abandoned and left to die.
New Labour made the Tories lose their bearings and this new Tory leadership has not found them.
The newer slew-to-cue Avengers can lose their bearings when they operate for long periods in one spot, which they often are required to do nowadays.
The 3D map makes it virtually impossible for people to lose their bearings.
As technological progress often makes employees unnecessary, many people are cut adrift, and they lose their bearings.