Right the helm

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Right the helm to put it amidships, in a line with the keel
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Usage

In literature:

Then Palomides arose lightly, and smote him upon the helm that he fell down right to the earth.
"Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume II (of II)" by Thomas Malory
Gomez took the helm himself, and strove to right the gallant vessel.
"A Woman of Thirty" by Honore de Balzac
Before the pirates could draw breath he had jammed the helm to starboard, and the reef lay right across our bows.
"To Have and To Hold" by Mary Johnston
Man the lee-braces, and right the helm, Neb.
"Miles Wallingford" by James Fenimore Cooper
Vanslyperken hastened back to the helm, and put the cutter's head right.
"Snarleyyow" by Captain Frederick Marryat
I had got as far as the mainmast when I saw that the brig's head was moving round, so I sprang back to right the helm.
"Peter Trawl" by W. H. G. Kingston
The ship cast the right way to starboard, the helm was put to port, and she begun to stand off from the shore.
"The Two Supercargoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
The man only shifted the helm from his right hand to his left, and kept on his course.
"Frank Mildmay" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Henry seized the helm and kept the little vessel right before the wind.
"Gascoyne, the Sandal-Wood Trader" by R.M. Ballantyne
I was at the helm looking now at the stars, now ahead, when I saw a dark object right before me.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
The Josephine minded her helm, and luffed so that she righted herself.
"Dikes and Ditches" by Oliver Optic
Captain Jack had taken the helm himself, and Curwen stood upon his right hand waiting patiently for his commands.
"The Light of Scarthey" by Egerton Castle
We all know what has actually happened, and that is perhaps all we have a right to expect while the present Emperor of France is at the helm.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 81, July, 1864" by Various
I put the helm hard a-starboard, an' steered the colt into a narrer channel wot led right down to the bay.
"Harper's Round Table, June 25, 1895" by Various
The helm had been lashed, but every ten minutes or so one of the watch came aft to see that all was right.
"Hair-Breadth Escapes" by H.C. Adams
Once clear of the ledge, the little craft instantly righted, and I put the helm hard up.
"The Secret of the Sands" by Harry Collingwood
Robinson rose at once, seized the helm, set her to the right of the large pot in the pool, then turned her directly through the neck of it.
"The Falls of Niagara and Other Famous Cataracts" by George W. Holley
Adams was on his right, Stovall in the center, and Helm on the left.
"Chattanooga and Chickamauga" by Henry V. Boynton
Youth, in fact, is at the Plough, and Myself at the Helm, so we ought to get on all right.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 105, August 26th 1893" by Various
He was right, for altering helm slightly the pursuing vessel enabled the flag to blow athwartships.
"Rounding up the Raider" by Percy F. Westerman
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In news:

EU leadership on pharma policy leaves many wondering of the right man is at the helm.
Li & Fung Chairman Victor (left) will pass the helm to brother William (right) at annual shareholders meeting in May.
Dale Helms, right, resets the pins on lane 17 with the electronic control pad while David Quint, background, watches the action on lane 18 Monday at AMF Town and Country Lanes.
Besides his serendipitous name, there wasn't much about director Marc Webb that suggested he was the right choice to helm The Amazing Spider-Man.
When school's out, though, Cosandey is at the helm of his boat, proving he has the right material as a single-handed ocean sailor.
French actress and director Julie Delpy has signed on to helm The Right Profile, a biopic of the late Clash frontman Joe Strummer .
In a statement released Tuesday morning, he said the time was right for someone else to take the helm.
But after a rough start while struggling to a 2-15-2 record in Hogan 's first season at the helm, the Coastal women are no doubt moving in the right direction.
Vikram Pandit stepped down one day after Citigroup reported strong quarterly earnings, saying in a statement "now is the right time for someone else to take the helm.".
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