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even keel

1. adjective Calm and stable. I know this is a stressful time, but we need to try keep things as even keel as possible.
2. noun A calm and stable situation. The phrase alludes to a ship's keel, a supporting structure that helps to keep the ship stable in the water (and thus needs to be "even" or level). Whoa, let's all stop yelling and try to get back on an even keel!
See also: even, keel

keel over

To slump or fall over, typically from fainting or death. The phrase is typically used in a humorous way, especially when it refers to someone (hypothetically) dying. It was so hot that I thought I would keel over and pass out if I didn't get some air soon. Grandpa always used to tell us this silly story about the time when his friend ate a sour pickle and keeled over and died right then and there.
See also: keel, over

keep an even keel

To remain in a calm and stable condition. I don't know how you keep an even keel while trying to manage so many different things at once. My dad is unflappable. No matter what happens, he always keeps an even keel.
See also: even, keel, keep

keep on an even keel

1. To remain in a calm and stable condition. I don't know how you keep on an even keel while trying to manage so many different things at once. My dad is unflappable. No matter what happens, he always keeps on an even keel.
2. To ensure that someone or something remains in a calm and stable condition. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "keep" and "on." I have a very chaotic life, so I find that meditation really helps keep me on an even keel. I know this is a stressful time, but we need to try to keep this project on an even keel as much as possible.
See also: even, keel, keep, on

on an even keel

In a calm and stable condition. Whoa, let's all stop yelling and try to get back on an even keel! I know this is a stressful time, but we need to try keep things on an even keel as much as possible.
See also: even, keel, on

keel over

[for a person] to fall over or fall down in a faint or in death. It was so hot in the room that two people just keeled over.
See also: keel, over

keel something over

Rur. to push something over. He leaned on the flimsy wall and keeled it right over. The high wind keeled over that sorry old fence.
See also: keel, over

keep on an even keel

Fig. to remain cool and calm. (Originally nautical.) If Jane can keep on an even keel and not panic, she will be all right. Try to keep on an even keel and not get upset so easily.
See also: even, keel, keep, on

keep something on an even keel

Fig. to keep something in a steady and untroubled state. The manager cannot keep the firm on an even keel any longer. When the workers are unhappy, it is difficult to keep the factory on an even keel.
See also: even, keel, keep, on

keel over

Collapse, as if in a faint; also, faint. For example, When she heard the awful news, she keeled over. This term alludes to a vessel rolling on its keel and capsizing. [Mid-1800s]
See also: keel, over

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

COMMON If someone or something is on an even keel, they are calm and not changing much, especially during a period of difficulties. She sees it as her role to keep the family on an even keel through its time of hardship. You may begin to wonder if having a baby was the right thing to do and whether you'll ever get back on an even keel. Note: The image here is of a ship moving along smoothly and steadily, because it is balanced and not leaning to either side.
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on an even keel

1 (of a ship or aircraft) not tilting to one side. 2 (of a person or situation) functioning normally after a period of difficulty.
2 1991 Deirdre Purcell A Place of Stones Life ran on an even keel in the house as both of them came and went and became re-immersed in their own lives.
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on an even ˈkeel

living, working or happening in a calm way, with no sudden changes, especially after a difficult time: After all the troubles of the past weeks, life seems to be getting back on an even keel again.
The keel is the long piece of wood or steel along the bottom of a ship, on which the frame is built, and which helps to keep it in a vertical position in the water.
See also: even, keel, on

keel over

v.
1. To fall over; capsize: The ship keeled over when it hit the iceberg.
2. To collapse or fall into or as if into a faint: I keeled over when I heard the bad news.
See also: keel, over

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).
See also: even, keel, on

on an even keel

In stable condition, well balanced. The keel is a structure in the bottom of a vessel’s hull, extending along its full length and forming, in effect, its backbone. A boat is said to be on an even keel when it rides flat in the water, without tilting to either side. The image was extended to human affairs in the mid-nineteenth century.
See also: even, keel, on
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