Getting your eye in

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Introduced to me as a term from mudlarking, it means being attuned to tell-tale signs of 'otherness'

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Maybe it's just a British term, because here it is in an article on spotting IEDs:

“We were very experienced and had been acclimatised to the heat. We’d got our eye in. We knew what bumps and irregularities to look for. After immediate deployment I spent weeks training in the test lanes at Bastion, looking for the smallest sign of a man-made disturbance, a single raised stone or unnatural discolouration, anything to indicate a bomb.”