If a joke is described as off color, it often means that it's a rude joke, a joke that's embarrassing to hear.
Running a tight ship means keeping a close eye on the crew to ensure nobody goes out of control.
People make trick or stunt in order to maintain their prominent status prior, which invariably fails and the person begins to decline in popularity.
By playing our cards right, we are doing the right things, making no stupid mistakes.
It is a cliché that describes something, a method or advice, that's not only true but has been repeatedly proven to be true.
It refers to the ability to piece together individual items of information in order to form a full view of a situation.
If we say something squares with another, we understand that they match or conform with each other.