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From the nautical phrase steady as she goes.


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steady-as-she-goes (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) steady; careful; avoiding sudden change
    • 2012 September 20, Andrew Brown, “Archbishop of Canterbury succession race begins in earnest”, in The Guardian (online)[1]:
      Graham James, the bishop of Norwich, is favourite everywhere of the steady-as-she-goes party. He is widely experienced – he worked in Lambeth Palace under the previous archbishop, Lord Carey – and widely trusted, as well as scholarly.
    • 2000, Matthew V. Schofield, When Reason Fails
      He looked to be in fine shape, sitting glassy-eyed behind the wheel, staring straight at the narrow two-lane highway, holding a steady-as-she-goes course of fifty miles an hour.