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plain sailing

Smooth, uninterrupted, and/or easy progress, movement, or development. Now that we've gotten that problem figured out, the project should be plain sailing from here on! We've got about a 13-hour road trip ahead of us, but it looks like plain sailing for most of it.
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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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It was far from plain sailing, however, with Cheltenham being forced to withstand what was at times a siege on their goal as the visitors missed numerous opportunities.
They quickly built up an 8-0 lead and then made the mistake of taking their foot off the gas, assuming it was all plain sailing.
It was not all plain sailing, however, with a lack of reasonable ball from the forwards reaching their back line.
It looked as if it was going to be plain sailing after a flying start saw them go ahead, be gifted an own goal and then score a third from the penalty spot - all inside the opening five minutes.
1 with their new single Eternal Flame today - but it wasn't all plain sailing on the set of the video.
He thought it would all soon be plain sailing after he tracked down supplies at a tiny garage on Lewis.
If that isn't a hefty hint to Fergie that marriage to her Italian nobleman may not be entirely plain sailing, I don't know what is.
Loan rate-fixing scandals and high-profile casualties in the boardroom aside, Barclays have had a good month, so Mickelson's pretournament briefing was plain sailing.
WILLANDRICH was sent off a warm order at evens to complete a hat-trick in the 2m5f handicap hurdle at Plumpton and he duly landed the odds - but it was far from plain sailing.
SAAB reckons that when it comes to combining performance and economy it is now just plain sailing.
The game looked like it would be plain sailing for Liverpool as a 41-16 half-time lead reflected their dominance.
But it was far from plain sailing for the Seasiders against the bottom club, who are in talks with a potential buyer and suffered a three-point deduction this week.
TENNIS: Andy Murray earned his spot in the quarter-finals of the Madrid Masters after overcoming Marin Cilic in straight sets, although it was not plain sailing for the world No.
It looked like being plain sailing for the visitors after pounds 30million hitman Andriy Shevchenko had put them in front with just 16 minutes gone.
It looked plain sailing for Rovers when poor marking allowed Disley time and space to hook home the second with a left-footed volley.