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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And that means they also fall under the umbrella of programs most likely to get the axe when state and federal budgets are tight.
After the captain made the call to abandon ship, 150 people were able to escape on lifeboats lowered by electronic arms.‘We’re Going to Die’: Survivors Recount Greek Ferry Fire Horror|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Because of the thinness of the air, there is a very tight margin between the correct and incorrect airspeeds, as little as 50 mph.
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Weirich said whenever she saw Fox, she was wearing something too tight.
A wise man hateth not the commandments and justices, and he shall not be dashed in pieces as a ship in a storm.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
The president sat in a chair which came over with the pilgrims in their ship, the Mayflower.
"It's always the way with them," sighed Miss Grains, who suffered from a complication of romantic tendency and very tight stays.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
It was more like the boarding of a ship than any land fight I had ever seen or imagined.
His boyish suspenders had been put away in favor of a belt, which was tight-drawn about his slim waist.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden