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even keel

noun

balanced, as a ship is floating on its designated waterline and the keel is horizontal; by extension, to have a calm even disposition

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  • When you and I have that talk that's comin' to us we want to be shipshape and on an even keel.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Meantime, as has no doubt been guessed, she was held on an even keel by loans from the Doctor.

    Dr. Sevier George W. Cable
  • Then, after staggering and trembling, the Iota came on an even keel.

    Danger! and Other Stories Arthur Conan Doyle
  • She is running on an even keel now, though that won't last long.

    A Final Reckoning G. A. Henty
  • We were upon an even keel again, the enemy level with our bow.

    Wandl the Invader Raymond King Cummings
  • As she comes back towards an even keel the wind catches the sails.

    All Afloat

    William Wood
  • The set of a ship on the water, whether by the head or the stern, or on an even keel.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • For the moment the poop was clear of water and the Malahini on an even keel.

    A Son Of The Sun Jack London
  • They rounded her into the wind, where she jerked to an even keel.

    A Son Of The Sun Jack London

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