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

find/get your ˈbearings

find out exactly where you are, or the details of the situation you are in, especially when this is new and unfamiliar: We got off the bus right in the centre of town and it took us a moment or two to get our bearings.I’ve only been in the job for a week so I’m still finding my bearings.
See also: bearing, find, get
References in classic literature ?
Higgins's drawing-room; for the new-born Wellsian had to find her bearings almost as ridiculously as a baby; but nobody hates a baby for its ineptitudes, or thinks the worse of it for trying to eat the matches; and Clara lost no friends by her follies.
Miss Davies said she was trying to find her bearings by looking through "slats" in the roof to the tennis court below.
In both Mary Medlin's "Not Now but Soon" and Victoria Sprow-Kelly's "All the Ways We Say Goodbye," characters navigate the landscape of grief, and in Erin Flanagan's "Dog People," a woman tries to find her bearings in her role as a new mother.
Satrapi also gains a better understanding of the deeply chauvinistic roots of her native culture and once again finds herself scrambling to find her bearings in a country whose traditions are diametrically opposed to her own.