have both oars in the water

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have both oars in the water

To be and remain in a calm, stable, sensible, and pragmatic state or condition; to not be subject to extreme emotional reactions or affected by exceptional changes in one's situation. My father has always been a rock of level-headed judgment and advice. Even during our family's lowest points, he was always able to have both oars in the water. It's clear to see from his handling of the young team this season that he's a coach who has both oars in the water.
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