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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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"I did myself the honour of calling in Berkeley Street last Tuesday, and very much regretted that I was not fortunate enough to find yourselves and Mrs.
"By the Virgin!" said a second, "I think that you may both chance to find yourselves upon the road before long."
"You must seek it then in Heaven, if you find yourselves unequal to a longer march," murmured the old trapper.
These much-awaited trips, however, get you carried away and later find yourselves inconvenienced by a few things midway, especially concerning accommodation.
The biggest question here is undoubtedly, 'Well, what would you do, eh?' If you were to find yourselves in the same situation as the family in this emotional drama, would you do as they do?
Senator Wamakko urged, 'wherever you find yourselves, you should accord top priority to National service, peace, unity and socioeconomic prosperity of Nigeria.
Sit down with your parenting partners (spouses, grandparents, childcare providers, whoever!) and make a list of the behaviours you find yourselves frequently correcting.
Sentencing them at the Old Bailey, Mr Justice Stuart-Smith said: "It's a tragedy that you find yourselves here and in this predicament, but it is a tragedy that you have brought on yourselves."
"I mean the guys made a lot easier for me to adjust because you find yourselves with great players.
He said, 'Marami pa kayong mararating at sigurado akong mahaba pa ang lalakbayin niyo para hanapin kung ano ba talaga kayo tulad ko.' (You still have a lot to achieve and a long way to go to find yourselves, like me.)
But as well as things are going at the minute a defeat or two and you could find yourselves out of those play-offs and that's how tight it is." City kick off the Easter > TURN TO PAGE 55 weekend with a Good Friday trip to mid-table Newport County before entertaining bottom half Yeovil at the Ricoh Arena on Bank Holiday Monday.
"I think any time you needed to find yourselves, you go out on the road, 'We're all we've got,' it's 15 guys in the locker room and that's got to be what we have.
"We've got a run during Christmas where we're basically playing everyone and you could find yourselves in fifth.
Perhaps you may find yourselves undertaking your own, very similar journey soon after reading!