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
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As the Scot tried to find his bearings at the start of the match, the Czech sprinted to a 2-0 lead and was a point away from claiming the double break of serve, a 3-0 lead and, effectively claiming the opening set for himself.
He also should continue to find his bearings at the Glasgow circuit and has an overall profile far stronger than obvious danger Mucho Macho Man.
On the night of August 8, Hakob Injighulyan, born in 1991, failed to find his bearings on the ground and crossed into the Azeri-
Pam Gauri, Hospital Co-ordinator of the NGO Valley of Love which is trying to help him find his bearings, said: "He says different things at different times.
KARUN Chandhok is trying to find his bearings in a completely new racing category -- the World Endurance Championships.
Grayson felt the Celtic loanee received a shove in the back from Mason in the build-up to the goal but also confirmed his player, who had taken a head knock against Birmingham on Wednesday, had suffered another blow to the head early on and was struggling to find his bearings.
But he also confirmed his player, who had taken a head knock against Birmingham on Wednesday, had suffered another blow to the head early on and was struggling to find his bearings.
Grayson confirmed his player, who had taken a head knock against Birmingham on Wednesday, had suffered another blow to the head early on and was struggling to find his bearings.
Soon enough, too, Travis started to find his bearings at the high end.
As well as something called 71 Degrees North, in which Gav will soon be seen stumbling around the North Pole trying to find his bearings, he's just taken part in a bizarre TV show called Human Guinea Pig, in which he sits in a car and gets electrocuted just for fun.
Chris believes Gelert may be able to discern light and shade so she is putting white tape stripes on wooden staircases and white paint at strategic points to help him find his bearings.
Steve Harmison, one of those trying to find his bearings on a practice strip, would have been banned from bowling for 30 minutes had Hurst applied the letter of the law.
Replacement Stuart Garden scarcely had time to find his bearings before Clyde almost scored with their first chance.
Suddenly at sea, Justin turns to drugs, sex and the school debate team in an effort to find his bearings.