keep on an even keel

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

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

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