sail through

Also, sail right through. Accomplish quickly and easily, make easy progress through, as in He sailed through the written test in no time, or We sailed right through customs. This expression alludes to a boat moving quickly and easily through the water. [Mid-1900s]

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How to use sail through in a sentence

  • "And Nellie and I will sail through the air, and go off to find some pretty flowers for him," said Dickie.

    Uncle Wiggily's Adventures | Howard R. Garis
  • At this moment the captain came on deck, and mounting into the rigging, surveyed the sail through the glass.

    The Coral Island | R.M. Ballantyne
  • Lucian and his wife had left Gracias within a week after that sail through silver fog which had tempted Garda.

    East Angels | Constance Fenimore Woolson