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Keep an even keel

DEFINITION

Maintain the status quo. Continue a course of action without distraction.  Proceeding smoothly. The status quo is successful. Keeping a situation manageable and comfortable. ‘Keel’ is used in the sense of a ship and when the keel is even, it sails properly. (Compare to Don’t rock the boat or Smooth sailing.)

“The first years of our marriage were rough but now we’ve been on an even keel ever since.”

“He was kicked out of school, but was able to return so if he keeps out of trouble and keeps an even keel, he may graduate.”

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