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steady the ship

1. To steer a ship so that it sails smoothly. I'm really glad they've steadied the ship—those waves were making me so nauseous!
2. By extension, to restore calm and order to a situation. I just recently got divorced, so I hope my mother moving in and helping with the kids will steady the ship. We just hired a new supervisor to steady the ship after this merger.
See also: ship, steady
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Skipper Liam Coates steadied the ship with 44, with Andrew Peacock scoring 34 and Dale Marshall 32, but a devastating late spell of 3-5 from Chris Batchelor, earned the visitors 25 points.
In the meantime, academy chief Boland has steadied the ship with a run of five games unbeaten in the Premier Division.
That opening-day home defeat seemed to send Killie out of kilter for several weeks and they only recently look to have steadied the ship.
The Goodison boss seems to have steadied the ship this season after a tough campaign last time out.
RILEYS put up a spirited show away to BRNESC in the semi-finals of the CH Jones Cup, winning the first two frames, but Paddy Robinson and Mark Gilmore steadied the ship by winning the middle games.
0 John McGlynn insists Livi are eyeing the play-offs now he has steadied the ship.
A 2-2 home draw with Manchester United and wins at Fulham and on Wearside have more than steadied the ship and left the Londoners just three points adrift of Brendan Rodgers second-placed side, who head for White Hart Lane on Sunday.
GOOD JOB: Mick McCarthy has come in and steadied the ship at Ipswich
Hughton is confident of having steadied the ship following a dismal run of form when they lost all four matches over the festive period.
Fellow opener Manvinder Bisla (38) and New Zealander Brendon McCullum (40) steadied the ship, but tight bowling from Azhar kept the score to 137-6.
Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara steadied the ship by putting on an unbroken 59 in 11 overs to take Sri Lanka to 70 for one at lunch before the heavens opened during the interval.
Hodgson steadied the ship and has just rebuilt the back-stage team after No 2 Michael Appleton left for Portsmouth.
After Ian Bell was out early in the afternoon session, it looked like Andrew Strauss and Paul Collingwood had steadied the ship by moving the tourists onto 101-2.
HEARTS have struggled for consistency in recent seasons with erratic owner Roman Romanov favouring the Newcastle approach to management, but current boss Jim Jefferies has steadied the ship and his side are flying.
There were several early setbacks for the Old Boys as three wickets went down in rapid success before Mann (17) and all-rounder McGrory (16) steadied the ship with the Coventry kids finally overhauling their target at 60-7.