on an even keel


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on an even keel

calm and not likely to change suddenly My main priority is to keep my life on an even keel for the sake of my two boys.
See Don't even go there, break even
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on an even keel

Stable, balanced, as in She had the knack of keeping us on an even keel in any emergency. This term, used figuratively since the mid-1800s, alludes to keeping a vessel's keel in a level position, assuring smooth sailing.
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on an even keel

In a stable or unimpaired state: "There was good reason to keep relations with Washington on an even keel" (Helen Kitchen).
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8 Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that women who gain even a modest amount of weight as time goes on face an increased risk of heart disease compared to those who manage to keep their weight on an even keel.
Carter's principal tool for keeping cash flow on an even keel is a formal budget.
During the slower months from July through December, we usually have to tap our credit line to keep operations on an even keel.
The Company is now on an even keel and Selwyn Joffe will be able to steer the Company to the next level.
Subtitled "A quickie guide to staying balanced and fit in the work environment," the book will help the desk-bound stay flexible, look better, keep the emotions on an even keel, and think more clearly.