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firm hand on the tiller

Full control over a situation. I felt comfortable knowing that even during this difficult time, he had a firm hand on the tiller.
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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.
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a steady hand on the tiller

BRITISH
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.
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at the ˈhelm/ˈtiller

in control of an organization, etc: The company began to make profits again with the new managing director at the helm.
A helm or a tiller is used for controlling the direction of a ship or a boat.
See also: helm, tiller
References in classic literature ?
He conquered a mad desire to let go sheet and tiller and to clasp her in his arms.
George was the veriest of landlubbers, so I was forced to give over bailing and take the tiller.
I hauled in the main-sheet a foot or two, took a turn with it, and bracing my feet, put my back against the tiller.
At first, after the loss of the motive power, the tiller had been thor oughly secured by lashings.
Two pulled, and he whose turn it was to rest sat at the tiller.
It is likely enough that in the rough outhouses of some tillers of the heavy lands adjacent to Paris, there were sheltered from the weather that very day, rude carts, bespattered with rustic mire, snuffed about by pigs, and roosted in by poultry, which the Farmer, Death, had already set apart to be his tumbrils of the Revolution.
That which cometh nearest to it, is to leave those arts chiefly to strangers (which, for that purpose, are the more easily to be received), and to contain the principal bulk of the vulgar natives, within those three kinds, - tillers of the ground; free servants; and handicraftsmen of strong and manly arts, as smiths, masons, carpenters, etc.
Yes--it is surprising how many of the present tillers of the soil were once owners of it, and I sometimes wonder that a certain school of politicians don't make capital of the circumstance; but they don't seem to know it.
You, peaceful inhabitants of Moscow, artisans and workmen whom misfortune has driven from the city, and you scattered tillers of the soil, still kept out in the fields by groundless fear, listen
In another moment the rumble of the war-drums rose from the village, calling in the hunters from the forest and the tillers from the fields.
The girl wondered how they subsisted for she could not, even by the wildest stretch of imagination, picture these imperfect creatures as intelligent tillers of the soil.
I went round among the holders of the land to say a word for the tillers of the land.
Originally from Pulaski, Virginia, Tiller enlisted in the U.
the measurement of morphological characters such as plant height, tiller number, stem dry weight and total dry weight were taken in the maximum tillering, flowering and harvesting stages.
On another occasion, someone pipe-bombed his office, prompting Tiller to install gates, fencing, floodlights, metal detectors and bulletproof glass.