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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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1 before steadying the ship somewhat to post a 54-hole total of 215 and a three-shot win over Martirez.
Sporting and technical director, Dan Ashworth, said: "Michael and Keith did an excellent job in terms of steadying the ship and keeping minds focused after we decided to make a change.
EVAN HORWOOD is optimistic that Hartlepool are capable of a play-off push after steadying the ship at Bristol Rovers.
Opening batsman Andrew Strauss has been handed the task of steadying the ship after being appointed skipper, a position he filled well in 2006.
But he has a major task in steadying the ship as the sorry Magpies were beaten 2-1 at home by Blackburn yesterday, their fifth successive defeat with the last four coming since Kevin Keegan's departure.
However, after our net catching more balls than I'd have liked, it's now just about steadying the ship.
In Division Two, THORNABY look to be steadying the ship after a sticky start as they earned a gritty 1-1 draw at home to Washington.
We signed a few players who have made an impact but this season is about steadying the ship.
Brian McIver has done a good job in steadying the ship and his players have all now embraced the concept that is the qualifiers.
1 struggled to the turn in four-over 39 before steadying the ship and coming home in level par.
Meanwhile, crisis club Shelbourne are close to steadying the ship and finally getting Alan Mathews as manager.
Martin Colbert did a fine job steadying the ship but he is set to step down.