take the helm

Definition of take the helm

1 :to steer a boat or ship
  • The ship's captain took the helm.
2 :to take a position of full control or authority in an organization
  • She took the helm of the university.

Word by Word Definitions

take play
  1. : to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

  2. : to seize or capture physically

  3. : to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. : a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

  2. : an act or the action of taking: such as

  3. : the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene

helm play
  1. : helmet

  1. : to cover or furnish with a helmet

  1. : a lever or wheel controlling the rudder of a ship for steering

  2. : position of the helm with respect to the amidships position

  3. : a position of control : head

  1. : to direct (a ship) with a lever or wheel that controls the rudder : to direct (a ship) with or as if with a helm (see 3helm 1a) : steer

  2. : direct, control


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