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 tree line if we're going to find our bearings and reach the campsite before dark.
See also: bearing, find
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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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