on an even keel

on an even keel
phrasal

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on an even keel see under ↑keel1
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Main Entry:even
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on an even keel
1. Balanced, not tilting to one side or the other (often figurative)
2. (of eg business affairs) running smoothly, settled or well-organized
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Main Entry:keel

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on an even keel phrase
operating or happening without problems

My first job is to get things back on an even keel.

Thesaurus: useful and effective and working correctlysynonym
Main entry: keel

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(of a ship or aircraft) having the same draft forward and aft
figurative (of a person or situation) functioning normally after a period of difficulty

getting her life back on to an even keel after their breakup had been difficult

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on an even keel — see keel, 1
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Main Entry:even
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on an even keel
: strong and not likely to fail or get worse : in a stable condition

They struggled to keep the company on an even keel during its early years.

I'm trying to get back on an even keel [=to return to a normal life] now that the lawsuit is settled.

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Main Entry:keel

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on an even ˈkeel idiom
living, working or happening in a calm way, with no sudden changes, especially after a difficult time

Business is now back on an even keel after the postal strike.

Setting her life back on an even keel after their break-up had been incredibly difficult.

Main entry:evenidiom

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