- Navigation. sailing on waters that are free of hazards or obstructions.Compare plane sailing.
- an easy and unobstructed way, course, or plan: As an heir to a large fortune, he looked forward to financial plain sailing.
Origin of plain sailing
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Historical Examples of plain sailing
It is enough for you to know that my life has not been all 'plain-sailing.'
As for Lucy and myself, it was all plain-sailing and fair dealing.Afloat And Ashore
James Fenimore Cooper
There would be no Precedents to hammer at, except the plain-sailing Precedent of keeping the light up.Our Mutual Friend
Now, Mrs. Tumble-bug, everything is plain-sailing for you; here is a long down grade over the smooth clean dirt!
Could Peggy, in her plain-sailing, breezy British way, have appreciated all the subtleties of his relations with Jeanne?The Rough Road
William John Locke
- informal smooth or easy progress
- nautical sailing in a body of water that is unobstructed; clear sailingCompare plane sailing
Easy going; straightforward, unobstructed progress. For example, The first few months were difficult, but I think it's plain sailing from here on. Alluding to navigating waters free of hazards, such as rocks or other obstructions, this term was transferred to other activities in the early 1800s.