plain sailing

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  1. Navigation. sailing on waters that are free of hazards or obstructions.: Compare plane sailing.

  2. 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

First recorded in 1800–10

Words Nearby plain sailing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use plain sailing in a sentence

  • This was all plain sailing enough; the report was good enough to justify his exercising his option.

    The Angel of Pain | E. F. Benson

British Dictionary definitions for plain sailing

plain sailing

  1. informal smooth or easy progress

  2. nautical sailing in a body of water that is unobstructed; clear sailing: Compare plane sailing

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Other Idioms and Phrases with plain sailing

plain 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.

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