lose (one's) bearings

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lose (one's) bearings

To lose sight of or become unable to determine one's orientation, position, or abilities relative to one's surroundings or situation. Trying to find her way home through the woods in the dead of night, Sarah lost her bearings when the clouds obscured the stars overhead. I feel like I've been losing my bearings in life ever since I lost my job.
See also: bearing, lose

lose one's bearings

see under get one's bearings.
See also: bearing, lose

lose your ˈbearings

become lost or suddenly confused: The old man seemed to have lost his bearings for a moment.
See also: bearing, lose
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It is surprisingly easy to lose bearings when above England's green and pleasant land.
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6 JORDI AMAT Another who had done plenty to impress before the catastrophe after the interval and seemed to lose bearings as Green smashed home second.
whose innocence is a shield; the evil lose bearings fast.