lose one's bearings

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of lose one's bearings

: to become lost
  • The ship lost its bearings in the fog.
often used figuratively
  • I feel I've lost my bearings and do not know what I want to do in my life.

Word by Word Definitions

lose play
  1. : to bring to destruction

  2. : damn

  3. : to miss from one's possession or from a customary or supposed place

bearing bearings
  1. : the manner in which one behaves or comports oneself : the manner in which one bears (see 2bear 2f) oneself

  2. : the act, power, or time of bringing forth offspring or fruit

  3. : a product of bearing : crop


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