a firm hand on the tiller

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a firm/steady hand on the tiller

if someone has a firm hand on the tiller, they have a lot of control over a situation
Usage notes: A tiller is a long handle which is used to control the direction a boat travels.
What people want is a president with a firm hand on the tiller.
See also: firm, hand, on, tiller
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A steady hand on the tiller - exactly what Darlo need Record New manager
Mr Cowen promised us he would keep a steady hand on the tiller if the electorate returned his Government to power.
He's a business builder and because we can see the development of Globalpoint over the year, we wanted someone with a steady hand on the tiller.
In the 57 years since then - the last 28 as chairman - he has retained a steady hand on the tiller of the club in every league from the Liverpool County Combination through to the UniBond Premier Division and now the FA Trophy final at VillaPark.
We have a steady hand on the tiller meantime in David Johnston.