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be at the helm

To be in charge; to be the leader (of something). The phrase originated as a nautical term, meaning "to steer a ship." Jack is at the helm, so I know they'll get this project done on time! Nancy has been at the helm of our department for so long that I can't imagine what it will be like once she retires!
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at the helm (of something)

Fig. in the position of being in control of something. The president is at the helm of the company. Things will go well with Anne at the helm.
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at the helm (of something)

(slightly formal)
in control He resigned and left the company last July after two years at the helm.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of helm (the handle or wheel that controls the direction in which a ship travels)
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at the helm

In charge, in command, as in With Charles at the helm, the company is bound to prosper. This phrase transfers the idea of steering a ship to directing other enterprises. [Early 1500s] Also see the synonym at the wheel.
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Let's go back to tradition,'' Helm said in describing why the couple chose to be married.
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With the film's upcoming release, Kirkman follows up his message to Helms like this: "Gurganus says it best: It seems one would want to be remembered as a person who says yes more often than no, and we all know that Jesse is known as `Senator No.
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On 19 April 1948, Helm was arrested by military police and confined at a prison in Munich.
In a letter to the judge, the victim described her loathing for Helm and said he should never be freed.
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Saying that Helms "contends" that Martin Luther King had Communist ties --so as to suggest that those ties may not have existed--is especially galling and deliberately misleading.
This memoir, written by Helms shortly before he passed away last year, takes the reader from his OSS days through his battles with Congress over intelligence abuses and his own misleading testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the 1970s.
The 79-year-old Helms has several health problems, notably a nerve condition that numbs his extremities and forces him to use a motorized scooter around the Capitol.
This activity, according to Helms and the other senators, may have constituted an effort to intimidate voters.
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Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Dot, and all the members of the Helms family.
The Biden-led Foreign Relations Committee has given a stamp of approval to a very dangerous UN power grab, something the previous committee chairman, Senator Jesse Helms (R-N.
When Helms approached local public school officials to find a solution to the problem, they at first seemed agreeable and even said Amy could attend another public school in the system.