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
The bill passed the New Jersey Senate on Monday and is expected to sail through the Democratic-controlled Assembly.Christie’s Immigration Catch-22: Help Immigrants or Win GOP Primaries | Dean Obeidallah | November 19, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Permanent changes to law should not be able to sail through on a majority vote.Harry Reid's Good Idea: Kill Filibusters on Appointments | Justin Green | May 17, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
In contrast, in the U.S., bad, unexamined ideas sail through wearing the burqa of bipartisanship.
Yes, really and truly, these little fish fly or sail through the air, for their fins balance them like a parachute.Stories of California | Ella M. Sexton
Eyelet-hole: Holes in a sail through which a lacing is passed or reef nettles rove.The Sportswoman's Library, v. 2 | Various
"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