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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!
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.
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)
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.