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tight ship

A well-managed organization, as in The camp director runs a tight ship. This metaphoric term alludes to a ship in which the ropes are taut and by extension the ship is strictly managed. [Second half of 1900s]
See also: ship, tight

tight ship

A well-managed and efficient business, household, or organization: We run a tight ship.
See also: ship, tight
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Running such a tight ship also leaves little time to shop around for the best festive deals on booze, says Patel.
Very simply, we run a tight ship and we do great work," says John Schaible, President of NexTrade.
Being vigilant and running a tight ship are imperative, but they can be done without paranoia and suspicion (not to mention constant demoralizing threats).
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4 Run a tight ship, and practice intelligent housekeeping.
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Miss Thirza Hobson, the primary head, ran a tight ship, but a fair one.
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He said: "We run a tight ship and our commitment is for the life of our administration.
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We ran a tight ship during the recession and that paid off because we are now seeing more work coming in.
It wasn't a very exciting game but I think that most of them appreciated that the idea was not to get beaten - it's great if you can get a goal on the counter attack but above all else you need to keep a tight ship away from home.
We are running a tight ship of 16 or 17 players and I expect to win the game, whichever starting team I pick," said Holdsworth, whose side thrashed Thurrock 5-0 in midweek to open up a 10-point league lead.
Director/choreographer Elsie Kelly runs a tight ship, and the staging and props, including a ship's prow and a working guillotine, are smoothly professional.
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