sail before the wind

sail before the wind

To achieve something easily. This nautical phrase refers to the ease of sailing in the same direction as the wind. I don't understand people who just sail before the wind and get great grades without ever opening a book, when I study really hard and am just an average student. I hardly studied, and I still got A's on all of my exams—I really sailed before the wind this semester!
See also: before, sail, wind
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After a keen sail before the wind, this fourth boat --the swiftest keeled of all --seemed to have succeeded in fastening --at least, as well as the man at the mast-head could tell anything about it.
Let us sail before the wind, and unless it changes we shall be drifted either to Calais or Boulogne.