know where one stands

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?
See also: know, 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.
See also: know, one, stand
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Why give voters a chance to know where one stands on the burning issues?
It's a heavy, deeply ominous place, one outfitted by production designer Dante Ferretti to instill not only menace but unease and anxiety; it's deliberately made difficult for Teddy and Chuck, as well as for the viewer, to under stand the proximity of one place to another, to know where one stands literally and figuratively, to decide where it's safe and where it's not.
One should know where one stands on the ladder of self purification.
At this moment in time, knowledge must be looked at in terms of education and the ability to know where one stands in life.