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run a taut ship

To keep a place, group, or organization very well organized and operating efficiently. Jane sure ran a taut ship around here. The department has devolved into chaos without her leadership.
See also: run, ship, taut

run a tight ship

To keep a place, group, or organization very well-organized and operating efficiently. Jane sure ran a tight ship around here. The department has devolved into chaos without her leadership.
See also: run, ship, tight
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run a tight ship

 and run a taut ship
to run a ship or an organization in an orderly and disciplined manner. (Taut and tight mean the same thing. Taut is correct nautical use.) The new office manager really runs a tight ship. Captain Jones is known for running a taut ship.
See also: run, ship, tight
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

run a tight ship

If you run a tight ship, you keep firm control of the way your business or organization is run, so that it is organized and efficient. Shaona was running a tight ship and didn't waste time on small talk. Andy is totally organized and totally confident. He runs a tight ship and he does a great job.
See also: run, ship, tight
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

run a tight ship

be very strict in managing an organization or operation.
See also: run, ship, tight
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run a ˌtight ˈship

run an organization in a strict and efficient way: The boss runs a very tight ship and everybody is expected to work very hard.
See also: run, ship, tight
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