Easy progress, as in We had a hard time setting up the new computer system but it'll be smooth sailing from here on. The smooth in this idiom alludes to calm waters, free from big waves or roughness, a usage dating from the late 1300s. The transfer to other kinds of easy progress dates from the second half of the 1900s. Also see plain sailing.
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Cook, stirring often, for 10 minutes or until the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture is smooth.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Sticky Toffee Pudding|Carla Hall|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It felt like that kind of moment, with Whitney trying to smooth things over.Inside the Lifetime Whitney Houston Movie’s Lesbian Lover Storyline|Kevin Fallon|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You may just enjoy the rich, smooth fruit of their labor that little bit more.
To produce deliciously smooth drams of single malt, the region has refined the ancient art of distillation.
The kid wore a white T-shirt with the collar stretched loosely around the top of his smooth chest.
Selections for practice should be chosen which contain much variety of thought and feeling and are smooth in movement.
I pictured him as slim and young looking, smooth-faced, with golden curly hair, and big brown eyes.The Boarded-Up House|Augusta Huiell Seaman
The Smooth Naked Horsetail is a common plant, specially by the sides of streams and pools.How to Know the Ferns|S. Leonard Bastin
A long stretch of smooth ice followed, over which he glided with ever-increasing speed.The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
The object of this practise is to attain facility in manipulating the elements while maintaining the smooth quality of the tone.