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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

In charge; acting as the leader of something. The phrase originated as a nautical term, meaning "in the position 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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take the helm

To take charge; to become or assume the role of the leader (of something). The phrase originated as a nautical term, meaning "to steer a ship." Jack has taken the helm, so I know they'll get this project done on time! Nancy took the helm of our department so long ago 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

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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at the ˈhelm/ˈtiller

in control of an organization, etc: The company began to make profits again with the new managing director at the helm.
A helm or a tiller is used for controlling the direction of a ship or a boat.
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take (over) the ˈhelm

take control of an organization, etc. from another person: When Mr Davies retired, his daughter took the helm.
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Even though the Rams cut Helming before the season, his agent, Craig Domann, said the team never lost track of the quarterback.
Helming agreed to a contract before dinner on Christmas Eve and the quarterback joined the team 24 hours later.
After being cut from Kansas City Chiefs camp last year and rehabilitating from ankle surgery, Helming joined the Rams expecting to battle Bulger for the No.
And as Bulger led the Rams to five consecutive victories, Helming followed his former team's progress from home.
Helming went on to audition for the Indiana Firebirds and Avengers in the Arena League, which Domann and Helming decided was a better fit than the Canadian Football League.
At the least, Helming certainly had the credentials.