lie of the land

noun phrase

: the arrangement of the different parts in an area of land : where things are located in a place
She knew the lie of the land from hiking through it daily.
often used figuratively
It takes time for new employees to get the lie of the land in this department.

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“Lie of the land.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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