Why would the Revolutionary Guards, known for running a tight ship, get involved in such a sloppy caper?
Past experience had taught him that the three cadets kept a tight ship.
A tight ship, he thought, a ship that was ready for anything.
She's a tight ship, and she's got as good officers and crew as ever I sailed with.
I'd never really felt comfortable around the old man, who'd been a Navy radio operator and ran his household like a tight ship.