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 Bearded Women:Bearnais (Le). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
I’ll bring him to his bearings. I’ll bring him to his senses. A sea term. The bearings of a ship at anchor is that part of her hull which is on the water-line when she is in good trim. To bring a ship to her bearings is to get her into this trim. (Dana: The Seaman’s Manual, 84.)   1
   To lose one’s bearings. To become bewildered; to get perplexed as to which is the right road.   2
   To take the bearings. To ascertain the relative position of some object.   3

 Bearded Women:Bearnais (Le). 


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