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steady hand on the tiller
Full control over a situation. I felt comfortable knowing that even during this difficult time, he had a steady hand on the tiller.
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.
steady as she goes
Describing someone or something that is progressing in a stable manner. This nautical phrase was originally used in reference to a ship that was sailing steadily. (Ships were traditionally referred to as female.) A: "How's your new business coming along?" B: "Steady as she goes! We expect to break even the first year and then start making a profit." In the midst of all this social upheaval, I hope our government can stay steady-as-she-goes.
slow but sure
Slow or incremental but yielding steady, dependable progress. It's going to be slow but sure writing my thesis, as I have to balance my part-time job with my research. A: "Hey, how's the new novel coming along?" B: "It's been slow but sure."
at a clip
1. In a particular interval or span of time. I don't feel like going out tonight because I've had to sit in lectures for five hours at a clip every day this week.
2. At a particular pace. In this usage, an adjective describing the pace is used between "a" and "clip." Since you're still a beginner, just see if you can get your horse to move at a steady clip.
ready, steady, go
An instruction to begin something, typically some kind of competition. The phrase is commonly used at the beginning of a race to indicate when the competitors can start. Primarily heard in UK. Is everyone in their positions? OK then, ready, steady, go!
Be more careful; don't be so reckless. Steady on, kids—don't break anything in here. Steady on, there's no need to fight! Let's all just take a minute and calm down.
go steady (with someone)
To date someone exclusively. Don't ask Jill out—she's already going steady with Bobby. Are those two really going steady?
(as) steady as a rock
1. Firmly fixed in position; unmovable. There's no way this table would break underneath me—it's made from solid oak, so it's as steady as a rock! The bouncer of the club stood in the door, steady as a rock, turning away anyone without proper ID.
2. Completely and thoroughly resolute, dependable, and trustworthy. I have to say, Sarah has been as steady as a rock during this whole ordeal. Whoever is chosen to lead the company will need to be steady as a rock.
slow and steady wins the race
Persistent, consistent, and diligent progress, even if it is somewhat slow, will produce better results than rushing to get somewhere or achieve something, as the latter can result in mistakes or may prove unsustainable or unreliable. Derived from the classic Aesop fable of "The Tortoise and the Hare," in which the titular tortoise is able to beat the hare in a race because the hare, overconfident in his superior speed, decides to take a nap along the way. Look, I know you're eager to get all this data entered so you can move on to the next stage of the project, but slow and steady wins the race, OK? We'll be much worse off if the data has errors in it than if it takes a little longer to get done. A: "Tom has been finishing about 10 articles a week—why are you so far behind him?" B: "Because his articles are all poorly written and researched. I've always believed that slow and steady wins the race, and I think my work shows it."
go with someoneand go steady with someone
to have a romantic relationship with someone. (Go steady is dated.) Sally has been going with Mark for two months now. He wants to go steady with her. He doesn't want her to see other guys.
go with (someone or something)
to depart in the company of someone or a group. Jim's not here. He went with the last busload. I'm leaving now. Do you want to go with?
go with something
1. Lit. to accompany something agreeably. Milk doesn't go with grapefruit. Pink doesn't go with orange.
2. Fig. to choose something (over something else). I think I'll go with the yellow one. We decided to go with the oak table rather than the walnut one.
slow and steady wins the race
Prov. If you work slowly but constantly, you will succeed better than if you work fast for a short while and do not continue. (Associated with Aesop's fable of "The Tortoise and the Hare.") Joy only had a little bit of time to spend sewing every day, but she worked steadily and soon had finished a beautiful quilt. Slow and steady wins the race.
slow but sureand slowly but surely
slow but unstoppable. Bob's progress on his novel was slow but sure. Nancy is finishing the paint job on her house, slowly but surely.
*steady as a rock
Cliché very steady and unmovable; very stable. (*Also: as ~.) His hand was steady as a rock as he made each incision. You must remain as steady as a rock when you are arguing with your supervisor.
Date one person exclusively, as in Parents often don't approve of their children's decision to go steady. This usage may be obsolescent. [Slang; c. 1900] Also see go together, def. 2; go with, def. 1.
1. Also, go out with. Accompany; also, date regularly. For example, When I leave, do you want to go with me? or Jerry has been going out with Frieda for two years. [Mid-1500s]
2. Be associated with, as in His accent goes with his background. [c. 1600]
3. Take the side of someone, as in I'll go with you in defending his right to speak freely. [Mid-1400s] Also see go along, def. 2.
4. Also, go well with. Look good with, match. For example, This chair goes well with the rest of the furniture, or That color doesn't go with the curtains. [Early 1700]
slow but sure
Gradual or plodding but certain to finish, as in Slow but sure this book's getting written. This idiom was first recorded in 1562, although the idea is much older. A related phrase appears in the proverb slow and steady wins the race, which is the moral of Aesop's fable about the race between a tortoise and a hare, which stopped to nap during the race and therefore lost.
steady as a rock
Firm, dependable, as in Betty always knows her part; she's steady as a rock. This simile uses rock in the sense of "something that affords a sure support," a usage dating from the early 1500s.
a steady hand on the tillerBRITISH
If you have a steady hand on the tiller, you are keeping control of a situation in a calm and reliable way. `If ever there was an urgent need for a steady hand on the tiller, it is now,' said one European diplomat. Note: Adjectives such as firm can be used instead of steady. He was convinced that the job of those in power was to keep a firm hand on the tiller guiding the course of national development. Note: In a boat, the tiller is the handle with which you steer.
at a clipat a time; all at once. US informal
2000 Anthony Bourdain Kitchen Confidential I peeled 75 pounds of shrimp at a clip.
slow but (or and) surenot quick but achieving the required result eventually. proverb
go steadyhave a regular romantic or sexual relationship with a particular person. informal
1905 Edith Wharton The House of Mirth I thought we were to be married: he'd gone steady with me six months and given me his mother's wedding ring.
steady as she goeskeep on with the same careful progress. informal
In nautical vocabulary, steady is the instruction given to the helmsman to keep the ship on the same course.
1998 Bookseller His boss set him one task: ‘steady as she goes, but more so’.
at a fast, good, steady, etc. ˈclip(especially American English) quickly: Land prices will rise at a healthy clip.
ready, steady, ˈgo!(British English) (also (get) ready, (get) set, ˈgo! American English, British English ) what you say to tell people to start a race
go ˈsteady (with somebody)(old-fashioned, informal) have somebody as a regular boyfriend or girlfriend: Martin and Ingrid have been going steady for nearly a year.
(as) steady as a ˈrockextremely steady and calm; that you can rely on: Even though she must have been frightened, her voice was as steady as a rock and she looked him straight in the eyes when she spoke.
steady ˈon!(informal) be more careful about what you do or say; slow down: Steady on, you two, let’s not get angry! ♢ Steady on, you’ll break it!
See also: steady
1. To proceed in the company of someone or something: I'll go with you to the supermarket if we also stop by the ice cream shop.
2. To select or choose something: We decided to go with the pink wallpaper, even though it doesn't match our carpet.
3. To be matched or suited to something; belong with something: The big lid goes with the stock pot. These shoes will go nicely with my red dress. This wine goes well with spicy food.
4. To be a secondary effect of being something or some way: The risk of injury goes with being a firefighter. I enjoyed being a politician and especially all the privileges that went with it. There are many health problems that go with obesity.
5. To combine with something so that a balanced or harmonious result is achieved. Used chiefly in the infinitive: The museum hosted a series of lectures to go with the art exhibit. I made a sauce to go with the meat.
6. To be in a romantic relationship with someone: Mary started going with Bill after she broke up with her boyfriend.
n. a boyfriend or girlfriend. She showed up with Tom, her steady for the past few months.
slow but sure
Plodding but reliable. This proverbial term dates from the early seventeenth century, and the idea is as old as Aesop’s fable about the tortoise and the hare. “This snail’s slow but sure,” wrote John Marston in his 1606 play The Fawn (3:1).
steady as a rock
Unwavering. This simile, which clearly alludes to a very large immobile rock, dates from the mid-1800s. It is used to describe either physical steadfastness or mental, behavioral stability. The former is meant by J. B. Harwood in Lady Flavia (1865): “The hand that held the candle was steady as a rock.” The latter appears in “You can count on John to run the office; he’s steady as a rock.”