The expression is mostly used in informal contexts to mean ‘smooth and easy progress’. When you say that something was plain sailing, you mean things went off without a hitch; there were no problems or obstructions of any kind along the way. ‘Clear sailing’ and ‘smooth sailing’ mean the same thing.
What is the meaning of this idiom smooth sailing?
Definition of smooth sailing
: easy progress without impediment or difficulty After the mix-up was rectified, it was smooth sailing again.—
How do you use plain sailing in a sentence?
to be easy and without problems: The roads were busy as we drove out of town, but after that it was plain sailing.
Should plains be 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.
What does not smooth sailing mean?
(idiomatic, uncountable) Used to describe an activity that is not encountering any problems.
What is the meaning of sail against the wind?
to be trying to achieve something that is unlikely to succeed because most people would oppose it: He’s sailing against the wind in his attempt to stop women joining the club.
Is Sail Sailing or plane sailing?
To make calculations simple, sailors assumed that the ship was sailing on a flat or a ‘plane surface’. The original expression was, in fact, ‘plane sailing’. Since spelling had not been standardised, the two words ‘plain’ and ‘plane’ were used interchangeably.
What does Plane sailing mean?
Definition of plane sailing
1 : the navigation or conducting of a ship by neglecting the earth’s curvature and considering the earth or a part of it as a plane.
What is the meaning of the idiom a snake in the grass?
: a secretly faithless friend.
What is meant by an uphill task?
adjective [ADJECTIVE noun] If you refer to something as an uphill struggle or an uphill battle, you mean that it requires a great deal of effort and determination, but it should be possible to achieve it.
What’s another term for smooth sailing?
What is another word for smooth sailing?