smooth sailing

smooth sailing

Progress or advancement that is free from hassle and easy to achieve. If we can just get the application approved, it should be smooth sailing from there. Organizing the event was really stressful, but it was pretty smooth sailing on the day.
See also: sailing, smooth

smooth sailing

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.
See also: sailing, smooth

plain sailing

Perfectly straightforward; an easy and unobstructed course. The term comes from navigation, where it means sailing in waters that are free of hazards, particularly rocks or other obstructions. Used since the nineteenth century, it may have come from the earlier navigational term plane sailing, the art of determining a ship’s position without reference to the fact that the earth is round, and therefore sailing on a plane (flat surface), which works, but only for a short distance. Plain sailing was transferred to other pursuits in the early nineteenth century. Shaw used it in his preface to Androcles and the Lion (1916): “Without the proper clues the gospels are . . . incredible. . . . But with the clues they are fairly plain sailing.” A synonymous term is smooth sailing, used figuratively since the first half of the 1800s. Edward Bulwer Lytton had it in Night and Morning (1841), “‘Oh, then it’s all smooth sailing,’ replied the other.” See also hard/tough sledding.
See also: plain, sailing
References in classic literature ?
If indeed it were Lucille who had braved all and come to him the way before them might still be smooth sailing.
In another contest, Adil Faqeer of Gilgit-Baltistan beat Azmat Yar of Balochistan 3-2 after an exciting battle, while in the fourth match of the day Hamza Imtiaz of Islamabad got a smooth sailing over Naimat Ullah of FATA, defeating him 3-0.
It was smooth sailing in the first set but of course they will not just give up,' said Marciano.
Especially playing with Rory, it was smooth sailing for us.
He said all arrangements in this connection have already been completed for the smooth sailing of the the Championship.
According to the statement, PTI was all set to challenge PML-N in the constituency and will not allow the ruling party smooth sailing there.
Angie Rice, 56, Into university worker from Elswick in Newcastle, said: "Mine have always been smooth sailing and I hope when I go to Benidorm next week it is.
It has taken us too long to arrive at this stage but it is essential to say that it was worthwhile to sort out an avalanche of barriers in the first place to ensure smooth sailing of this major project.
The trial continues and both Ahmed Ezz and Zeina aren't having a smooth sailing in court this week.
Understanding of roles and responsibilities on the vessel is of utmost importance to ensure smooth sailing and safety.
This means that it will be a smooth sailing for Maitreyan.
However, it hasn't been all smooth sailing for the no frills airline in the region.
For the past 5 years, Adobe has experienced fairly smooth sailing, with Creative Suite (now at CS6) continuing to dominate in particular markets (web and design) and gaining traction in others (video and media production).
Smooth sailing can be predicted at fests and in Francophone territories.
He made a smooth sailing to the office by securing 35 votes while his rival, Raja Farooq Haider; a PML-N nominee bagged 11 votes.