take the helm

idiom

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.

Examples of take the helm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The series premiered in 2018 as a means of following Zoey, who fans first met on black-ish, through her college career, and saw Junior take the helm in season 5 after Zoey graduated. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 23 May 2024 In 2022, Nicola Coughlan — who will take the helm of the series this season, alongside Luke Netwon — and Regé-Jean Page attended, along with Dynevor and Ashley. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 7 May 2024 Then Boston beckoned, with the chance to take the helm of one of the oldest and most prestigious orchestras in the United States. Tim Page, Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2024 Whoever wins the election will take the helm of an economy that immigrant workers are supporting tremendously — and likely will keep powering for years to come. Meryl Kornfield, Washington Post, 27 Feb. 2024 The best bet, and the preferred approach of the Biden administration, is for the Palestinian Authority to take the helm. Daniel Byman, Foreign Affairs, 4 Jan. 2024 In many circles, Hogan Assessments is considered the industry standard in helping companies and executive search firms assess whether a CEO candidate has the right personality and character to take the helm. Trey Williams, Fortune, 12 Sep. 2023 President Biden nominated Rear Adm. Yvette M. Davids on April 20 for promotion to vice admiral, and she was scheduled to take the helm over the summer at the academy in Maryland. Nick Anderson The Washington Post, arkansasonline.com, 25 Nov. 2023 The current leadership team at the talent agency will remain—Bryan Lourd, who represents the likes of George Clooney, will take the helm as the group’s CEO, and Kevin Huvane and Richard Lovett, will remain cochairmen along with Lourd. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune, 8 Sep. 2023

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“Take the helm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20the%20helm. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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