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plane sailing

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noun Navigation.
  1. sailing on a course plotted without reference to the curvature of the earth.
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Origin of plane sailing

First recorded in 1690–1700
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  • Plane-sailing is so simple that it is colloquially used to express anything so easy that it is impossible to make a mistake.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth


British Dictionary definitions for plane sailing

plane sailing

noun
  1. nautical navigation without reference to the earth's curvatureCompare plain sailing
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