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clear sailing

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clear sailing

noun phrase

Easy and unimpeded progress; easy going: After a rough couple of months it was clear sailing (1850s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • She is not going to have clear sailing with little sister Linda any longer.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • The open lake was astern of her, with clear sailing for two miles.

    Breaking Away Oliver Optic
  • "Here's clear sailing round this ice-field," remarked the captain.

    Left on Labrador

    Charles Asbury Stephens
  • "Now we have clear sailing for a stretch," said Ruth, as they came to a broad curve.

  • If the reeds are in equilibrium the pilot knows it is clear sailing straight to his field.

  • She is the only thing out of a life that has been all ups and downs, but, please God, there'll be some clear sailing now.

    A Little Girl in Old San Francisco

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • When she hears her mariners cry: 'clear sailing now,' she invariably tosses them a storm.

    The Silver Butterfly Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
  • It was all clear sailing, and we were in pretty good spirits,—which is not always the case with landsmen at sea.

    South-Sea Idyls

    Charles Warren Stoddard
  • There's clear sailing for ninety miles or so, straight to Portland, unless—How much gas has she aboard, Harry?

    The Adventure Club Afloat

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Then, with clear sailing ahead and no ominous clouds, he could ask Louise to marry him.

    The Delafield Affair

    Florence Finch Kelly

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