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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We're hoping that we're able to find our bearings overnight and regroup for tomorrow.
In the first quarter, we were just trying to find our bearings, but in the second half, we got our momentum, our conditioning back, said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao.
Reading on, into the music, we gradually find our bearings though we may not know where we are.