at the helm

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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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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References in classic literature ?
It was very pleasant, when I stayed late in town, to launch myself into the night, especially if it was dark and tempestuous, and set sail from some bright village parlor or lecture room, with a bag of rye or Indian meal upon my shoulder, for my snug harbor in the woods, having made all tight without and withdrawn under hatches with a merry crew of thoughts, leaving only my outer man at the helm, or even tying up the helm when it was plain sailing.
But one living creature was on deck--the man at the helm, dozing peaceably with his arm over the useless tiller.
The sleeper at the helm woke; looked up at the idle sails, and yawned in sympathy with them; looked out at the sea on either side of him, and shook his head obstinately at the superior obstinacy of the calm.
Well, we were suddenly alarmed by a shout on deck, 'Man over-board!' We both rushed up the cabin stairs, naturally under the impression that one of our crew had fallen into the sea: an impression shared, I ought to add, by the man at the helm, who had given the alarm."
Two away in the boat, a third at the helm, and, to my amazement, when I looked round, the other four behind me making our number complete.
AS WE all went up it occurred to me that there ought to be a man at the helm. I raised my voice not much above a whisper, and, noiselessly, an un- complaining spirit in a fever-wasted body appeared in the light aft, the head with hollow eyes illumi- nated against the blackness which had swallowed up our world--and the universe.
I knew I was invisible to the man at the helm. Neither could I see anything.
The sea continued to break over the vessel with such violence, that it was impossible to stand at the helm without the assistance of lashings.
Understand your own limits and don't stay too long at the helm. Ask the trimmers how you are performing, and ensure the back-up helms are well rested.
Removing the old cable steering system, start at the helm. First remove the steering wheel, then the bezel, helm mount and helm.
Cagliari: Thanks to a third and a first, the American combination in BMW Oracle Racing with Larry Ellison at the helm and Russell Coutts calling the shots, took the lead of the fleet regatta ahead of Team Aqua and Islas Canarias Puerto Calero on the third day of the RC 44 Cagliari Cup.
For most RC 44 team owners, the first fleet regatta coincides with their return at the helm for the first time since the last event.
Our superb prize consists of return flights for two from Durham Tees Valley Airport to Knock in County Mayo, three nights' bed and breakfast at the Helm Hotel apartments; one day's boat fishing on the 38ft White Sea Horse and collection to and from the airport.
After all, if he decides to hand over the reins, what if the next man or woman at the helm says it doesn't make fiscal sense to be building all of these low-volume, high-cost experiments?
Without Reed at the helm of the Christian Coalition, Bauer's incendiary approach to gay issues may be irresistible to Donald Hodel, the Christian Coalition's new president.