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run a tight ship

Definition of run a tight ship

  1. :  to manage or handle a group of people in a strict and effective way <The boss runs a tight ship.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to go faster than a walk

    :  to go steadily by springing steps so that both feet leave the ground for an instant in each step

    :  to move at a fast gallop

  1. :  an act or the action of running :  continued rapid movement

    :  a quickened gallop

    :  a migration of fish (as up or down a river) especially to spawn

  1. :  being in a melted state

    :  made from molten material :  cast in a mold

    :  having made a migration or spawning run

tightplay
  1. :  having elements close together

    :  so close in structure as to prevent passage or escape (as of liquid, gas, or light) — compare lightproof, watertight

    :  fitting very close to the body

  1. :  fast, tightly, firmly

    :  in a sound manner :  soundly

shipplay
  1. :  a large seagoing vessel

    :  a sailing vessel having a bowsprit and usually three masts each composed of a lower mast, a topmast, and a topgallant mast

    :  boat

  1. :  to place or receive on board a ship for transportation by water

    :  to cause to be transported

    :  to provide with a ship


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