steady hand on the tiller

steady hand on the tiller

Full control over a situation. I felt comfortable knowing that even during this difficult time, he had a steady hand on the tiller.
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a steady hand on the tiller

BRITISH
If you have a steady hand on the tiller, you are keeping control of a situation in a calm and reliable way. `If ever there was an urgent need for a steady hand on the tiller, it is now,' said one European diplomat. Note: Adjectives such as firm can be used instead of steady. He was convinced that the job of those in power was to keep a firm hand on the tiller guiding the course of national development. Note: In a boat, the tiller is the handle with which you steer.
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With a steady hand on the tiller, John Sergeant once again navigates Britain's most scenic waterways.
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e Toon's transfer chief likes to keep a steady hand on the tiller at United and knows that Mike Ashley doesn't want to see Newcastle back in the red.
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In the 57 years since then - the last 28 as chairman - he has retained a steady hand on the tiller of the club in every league from the Liverpool County Combination through to the UniBond Premier Division and now the FA Trophy final at VillaPark.
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