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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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  • This is so arranged that by leaning toward the high point of his wing planes the aeroplane is restored to an even keel.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • 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
  • "The ship still floats on an even keel," said he, pulling off his boots, and taking possession of Frank's bed.

    Frank Before Vicksburg Harry Castlemon
  • 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
  • The spare oar was lying ready to hand, and he had it waiting for me in the oar-lock by the time I was on an even keel again.

    Down the Columbia Lewis R. Freeman
  • For the moment the poop was clear of water and the Malahini on an even keel.

    A Son Of The Sun Jack London
  • On an even keel it climbed straight up, then suddenly it leaped forward like some great bird of prey sighting its victim.

    The Black Star Passes John W Campbell

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