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  1. Ksunya's Avatar

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    Cool to get one's bearings

    Hello again I can't understand one sentence:

    I hope he doesn't come to observe me until I get my bearings.

    What does to get my bearings mean?


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    Re: to get one's bearings

    Quote Originally Posted by Ksunya View Post
    Hello again I can't understand one sentence:

    I hope he doesn't come to observe me until I get my bearings.

    What does to get my bearings mean?


    Probably it means, judging from the surrounding context, that (s)he should not come to observe you until you have you get your feet under the table.

    get feet under the table - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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    Re: to get one's bearings

    Thanks

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    Re: to get one's bearings

    Quote Originally Posted by Ksunya View Post
    Hello again I can't understand one sentence:

    I hope he doesn't come to observe me until I get my bearings.

    What does to get my bearings mean?
    In a literal sense, "bearings" means "awareness of one's position relative to one's surroundings". The idiomatic sense follows from that.

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