know where (one) stands(redirected from knew where they stood)
know where (one) stands
1. To know how one is regarded or perceived by someone else. I think I did well in the interview, but I wish I knew where I stood with the recruiter.
2. To know one's position or views on some topic. I'm opposed to this measure, but does anyone know where the boss stands on it?
know where someone stands
(on someone or something) to know what someone thinks or feels about something. I don't know where John stands on this issue. I don't even know where I stand.
know where one stands
1. Be aware of one's position relative to others, or how one is regarded by others, as in I'd love to know where I stand with the new board.
2. Be aware of one's own opinion or feelings about something, as in He knows where he stands on the issue of public housing.