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find (oneself)

1. To discover and pursue one's true and inherent character, passion, skill, or vocation. I know you're unhappy in your job, so I think you should take some time off to really find yourself. Many students leave college and realize that they still have yet to find themselves.
2. To discover, recognize, or realize one's location, thoughts, or sentiments. Lost in a deep reverie, I suddenly found myself in a neighborhood I didn't recognize. I find myself inclined to agree with the professor's assessment.
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find

(something) out the hard way Go to learn (something) the hard way.

find

(something) out (about someone or something) (from someone or something) to learn something about someone or something from someone or something. What did you find out about Terry from Mr. Franklin? I didn't find anything out about Roger from the newspaper stories. I found out what I wanted to know about solar flares from the encyclopedia. What did you find out about Bill?

find

oneself Fig. to discover what one's talents and preferences are. Bill did better in school after he found himself. John tried a number of different jobs. He finally found himself when he became a cook.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
Philopoemen,[*] Prince of the Achaeans, among other praises which writers have bestowed on him, is commended because in time of peace he never had anything in his mind but the rules of war; and when he was in the country with friends, he often stopped and reasoned with them: "If the enemy should be upon that hill, and we should find ourselves here with our army, with whom would be the advantage?
We are not under German hegemony as we are not in the Euro, but we will find ourselves well and truly under Trump's thumb as supplicants of his trade deal on his terms of reasserting white Anglo Saxon Protestant supremacy which is his definition of making America great again.
Lately, as we consider who we think is the best choice to serve in public office, we find ourselves wondering what is most important for the country, the state and the cities we love.
'Whatever position we find ourselves, we are just managers of God's property because the earth and the whole universe belong to God and not man.
And I dare say somewhere down the track we might find ourselves needing to come from behind in a big game.
Justice Khan in his parting speech bemoaned that 'every now and then we find ourselves in an arena, where our personal interest is pitched against the national interest'.
the sway of palm trees; we find ourselves here marked
"I said right at the start that I'm more than happy that wherever we find ourselves, whatever pot we find ourselves in, whoever we're asked to play, I'm just so happy that we're here.
However, if we find ourselves doing the things we have frowned on, we learn to be more tolerant of other people's weaknesses.
We, as a nation, are fully aware that all is not well with our finances and we are equally aware that only one party can be blamed for the position we find ourselves in.
5-18 NHBR), comes at a time when I was pondering the even larger issue: Why are we, as a nation, in the fix we find ourselves?
For this reason it will be difficult if we find ourselves in the situation to take out new loans with expensive interest rates for settling old debts.
The molecular building blocks of life are abundant in the disks of spiral galaxies; that's why we find ourselves in one.
Investigation panel chairman Jill Alderwick said: "We find ourselves in real difficulty Mrs Smith.
We find ourselves in this position and we have to dig ourselves out of it.