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a tight ship

A very well-organized and efficiently operating place, group, or organization. Jane sure ran a tight ship when she worked here—the whole place has started falling apart without her. A: "I must say, I'm impressed with your battalion, commander." B: "Thank you, sir. I try to keep a tight ship."
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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]
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tight ship

A well-managed and efficient business, household, or organization: We run a tight ship.
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It is most important to us at the Federal Reserve Board and the Reserve Banks not only to run a "tight ship" but to foster the attitudes and processes that will ensure continuous improvement in the effectiveness of the Federal Reserve's operations.
He only has one eye, but doesn't let that hold him back, and now he's a full self-appointed member of the family, he runs a very tight ship. He will only eat chicken, ham and butter sucked off someone's toast.
So it is annoying to hear Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy ran a very tight ship on the lines of the Tony Blair model.
Miss Thirza Hobson, the primary head, ran a tight ship, but a fair one.
But McAlister insists the Dens men will concentrate on their own affairs and added: "We keep a tight ship in the dressing room and look at our games.
But Valencia have to keep a tight ship financially and would likely listen to offers of around PS13m.
Deputy council leader Coun Ian Parry said it was the result of running a "tight ship" adding the council's "careful stewardship of public finances was setting the national standard".
We ran a tight ship during the recession and that paid off because we are now seeing more work coming in.
True the RNLI has commodore this or commander that in its HQ in Poole, Dorset, but these retired naval personnel are well used to governments and their wily ways and to use a nautical saying "run a tight ship".
"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.
FITNESS coach Andy O'Boyle is running a tight ship during the squad's week away from Colliers Park and that includes vetting all the meal-time menus at the four-star Slieve Donard hotel.
"They already run a tight ship, adhering to strict broadcasting guidelines for the internal service, and I'm sure they'll maintain those high standards when we start transmitting to the whole of Morpeth."
A family team is at the helm with Bobby, Mary and Colin Lewis running a tight ship, ably assisted by Kevin Donaldson and trusty part-timers.