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.
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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. He would never let her go again.
It was smooth sailing for today's full dress rehearsal for the 62nd National Day celebration, complete with parades and involving 17,353 participants, at Dataran Putrajaya here.
The sea will be slight to moderate in the Arabian Gulf and in Oman Sea, so you can have a smooth sailing.
The opposition facilitated in smooth sailing of the surplus budget for the financial year 2019-20.
About the arrangements, he said, brisk arrangements continue for the smooth sailing of the Challenge Cup.
Maybe God-willing December smooth sailing na," Duterte said.
Presentation of the budget and its approval by the Assembly will not be a smooth sailing for the PTI government this time.
It was smooth sailing all the way for the rampant hosts.
While Hasheesh struggled to beat Faizan Fayyaz 6-0, 1-6, 6-2, Hamid had a smooth sailing against Ahmed Kamil in the other semi-final as the former won the match 7-6, 6-2.
However, Michael and Alex fans should keep in mind that it won't be smooth sailing for these two.
However, he noted that even though his ministry was committed to ensuring that all primary schools were conducive for the 21st century learner, the project was not smooth sailing because most primary schools were not designed to accommodate ICT learning.
Khokhar added that SALU, Khairpur is the ray of hope for millions of students of upper Sindh and its smooth sailing on troubled water of the financial crisis creates disappointments among opportunists.
Receiving Mr Ezekiel Gatkuoth, Special Envoy of the South Sudanese President at State House, Abuja, on Tuesday, President Buhari noted that the two countries have a lot in common in the area of developmental aspirations, adding: 'It has not been smooth sailing for us all the way, too.
The consensus on almost 80% of the recommendations was achieved during a meeting between the senators belonging to the opposition parties and Minister for Finance Dr Miftah Ismail, indicating that the government is keen to accommodate the opposition parties for smooth sailing of the budget.
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