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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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I'm not saying like I would go do that or anything like that, by any means, but if it was to happen, I don't think I'd care one bit," Helms said.
What Helms has lately gained over his obliging, self-defeating characters is a greater ability to shape his professional destiny.
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A radio and TV commentator for more than a decade prior to his first run for office in 1972, Helms was unquestionably a pioneer in the media-heavy campaign methods that dominated U.
Before "The Daily Show," Corddry and Helms were members of the Upright Citizens Brigade, an improv comedy school and theater in both Los Angeles and New York.
The trip was a recognition by Helms that the two countries--for better or worse - are inextricably linked in many areas.
She wrote that the aid under challenge in Helms is permissible in part because there are safeguards in the law that supposedly make sure that church-state separation is respected and "no Chapter 2 funds ever reach the coffers of religious schools; the aid must be secular.
Helms is at her best when her own experience as a woman informs her readings.
He realizes that he ran away from the state and its homophobic senator when he graduated college 15 years ago, and in an effort to figure out how Helms maintains public support, he spends time with family and friends who stayed behind.
Helms was reductionist, they argued, painted with too broad a brash, and ignored reforms the UN has already attempted.
But when the Republican Senator from North Carolina told the Republican grandmother from Raleigh that Mark had died because of his irresonsible actions, she decided that the best way to honor her son was to retire Helms.
Racial identity development is the focus of increasing attention in counseling and psychological services (Cross, Parham & Helms, 1991; Helms, 1990; Parham, 1989; Phinney, 1990).
SO WHY DID AMERICAN VOTERS SWING TOWARDS HELMS AND THE EXTREME RIGHT LAST NOVEMER?
Though these goals normally do not conflict with the aims of the arts community, one instance in which the two remain antithetical involves PM's financial support of North Carolina's Senator Jesse Helms, an antiart crusader who also happens to defend PM's substantial tobacco interests on Capitol Hill.
He may rail against the "blatant bias of the liberal press," but his skill with the electronic media, in combination with the vast sums of money he has raised from old and New Right donors, has made Helms the national force he is today.