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steady as she goes
Describing someone or something that is progressing in a stable manner. This nautical phrase was originally used in reference to a ship that was sailing steadily. (Ships were traditionally assigned the female gender.) A: "How's your new business coming along?" B: "Steady as she goes! We expect to break even the first year and then start making a profit." In the midst of all this social upheaval, I hope our government can stay steady-as-she-goes.
steady as she goeskeep on with the same careful progress. informal
In nautical vocabulary, steady is the instruction given to the helmsman to keep the ship on the same course.
1998 Bookseller His boss set him one task: ‘steady as she goes, but more so’.