on an even keel


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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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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'This base rate cut takes it to its lowest level since 1963-64 when it bottomed at four per cent and confirms tangibly the MPC's commitment to keeping the UK economy on an even keel, whatever it takes, and leaves the door open for a further cut, if necessary.'
Boston mayoral aide Joseph Fisher said, "I'm just offering my experience and trying to act as a bit of a rudder to get things on an even keel. I just show the little land mines along the way."
He raves and denounces so frequently and insistently that it is hard to believe he's on an even keel. Unfortunately, this manic streak intrudes so much as to blight the book.
8 Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that women who gain even a modest amount of weight as time goes on face an increased risk of heart disease compared to those who manage to keep their weight on an even keel.
Carter's principal tool for keeping cash flow on an even keel is a formal budget.