Until recently, Rice was smoothly on track to become the Edmund Hillary of foreign-policy strivers.
The assault went so smoothly that the attackers clearly had inside information on the details of the base and its security.
And unlike the smoothly cool Barack Obama, Sharpton has been frequently pinned down in a wrestling match with the Teleprompter.
But her first run didn't quite go as smoothly as her teammates had hoped.
He also came off not as unmussed, smoothly corporate, and in command—his usual debate demeanor—but as whiny and aggrieved.
The positions of the opponents are stated rapidly and smoothly.
The end of term did not pass off quite so smoothly and pleasantly as it generally did.
The car went forward as smoothly as a skiff on a swift, smooth water.
And—and what was that, smoothly folded over the back of a chair?
The smoothly ordered life of the Oronta's saloon passengers was very much that of a first-class seaside hotel, say in Bournemouth.
Old English smoð "smooth, serene, calm," variant of smeðe "free from roughness, not harsh, polished; soft; suave; agreeable," of unknown origin and with no known cognates. Of words, looks, "pleasant, polite, sincere" late 14c., but later "flattering, insinuating" (mid-15c.). Slang meaning "superior, classy, clever" is attested from 1893. Sense of "stylish" is from 1922.
Smooth-bore in reference to guns is from 1812. smooth talk (v.) is recorded from 1950. A 1599 dictionary has smoothboots "a flatterer, a faire spoken man, a cunning tongued fellow." The usual Old English form was smeðe, and there is a dialectal smeeth found in places names, e.g. Smithfield, Smedley.
late Old English smoþ "to make smooth," replacing smeðan "to smooth, soften, polish; appease, soothe;" smeðian "smoothen, become smooth," from the source of smooth (adj.). Meaning "to make smooth" is c.1200. Related: Smoothed; smoothing. Middle English also had a verb form smoothen (mid-14c.).
Excellent; pleasing; attractive: Boy, she was smooth (1893+ Students)