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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The immediate professional and personal embrace I received from SAM members--leaders, authors, and thinkers too numerous to mention--became my collective professional compass, helping me to find my bearings and to establish a career in the field.
Carl Smith, club and restaurant manager: Whilst driving around the park to find my bearings shortly after I started work at Plas Coch I was shocked to drive past a tree which had a man and a woman carved into it.
While I was waiting, I thought it a good idea to take out my Echo and consult the golf pull-out, to find my bearings on the course and also advertise the South Wales Echo to the many American fans nearby on the course.
Just now I need to find my bearings," he told BBC News 24.