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take the wheel

To take or assume control (of something). After the CEO announced that she had been diagnosed with dementia, her daughter gradually began taking the wheel of the company. I don't know why people are so utterly terrified of letting the federal government take the wheel when it comes to things like healthcare.
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take the ˈwheel

start to drive a car, replacing somebody else: When we got halfway, Sarah took the wheel and I had a rest.
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Wingrave took the wheel himself, and she sat up by his side.
The wrecked skiff was rolling sluggishly a short distance to windward, and I trimmed the sheets while Charley took the wheel and steered for it.
He took the wheel while I sat down of the after grating to eat my breakfast.
Stefano Marcelo then took the wheel but had to pit when the car suffered a power steering failure that dropped the team back to fifth place.
One of the robbers ordered Mejia to transfer to the back seat as the other took the wheel.
The driving revolution comes after much struggle and calls by activists, including the persecution of women who took the wheel.
The new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, took the wheel this month.
The automobile has always symbolized freedom, and in "Motor Girls: How Women Took the Wheel and Drove Boldly Into the Twentieth Century" by Sue Macy, children ages 10 to 12 meet the first generation of female motorists who drove cars for fun, profit, and to make a statement about the evolving role of women.
Only days after getting back from Brazil, the Olympic cycling hero took the wheel of a souped-up racer for two events.
And Branson recalled: "She took the wheel of the boat and broke every speed limit there was going down the Thames.
Podolski took the wheel of a Mercedes DMT touring car to speed around the 14-mile track's mix of twists, turns and fast straights.
Eugenie, 22, took the wheel after posing for pictures with the car and her 24-year-old sister in the shadow of the city's famous Brandenburg Gate.
It was below freezing and the crew had been ordered to look for icebergs as Hichens took the wheel.
Ex-England player Lisa Stanley, head coach of Team Northumbria, took the wheel of the 12-tonne vehicle on the M1 in Derbyshire on Saturday She hit the brakes and steered the bus away from the central reservation, bringing it to a stop on an embankment.
The second half was no better for the cabbies as Jason Carey took the wheel with a hat-trick, Sean Tierney and Steven Lang completing the rout.
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