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sea legs

1. Literally, the ability to walk steadily on a moving ship. Don't worry, once you get your sea legs, you'll be able to walk around the deck no problem.
2. By extension, one's comfort level or familiarity with something. Of course you're scared, it's your first day of teaching! But you'll get your sea legs soon enough, don't worry.
See also: leg, sea

*one's sea legs

Fig. one's ability to tolerate the movement of a ship at sea. (*Typically: get ~; have ~.) Jean was a little awkward on the cruise at first, but in a few days she got her sea legs and was fine. You may feel a little sick until you get your sea legs.
See also: leg, sea

sea legs

The ability to adjust to a new situation or difficult conditions, as in She's only spoken in public a few times; she hasn't found her sea legs yet. This expression was first recorded in 1712 and then referred to, as it still does, the ability to walk steadily on board ship, especially in rough seas. By the late 1800s it was being transferred to other challenging situations.
See also: leg, sea
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I removed it and the fan worked like a charm--no sea legs required!
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