plain sailing

noun
|Updated on: 8 Jul 2018

Definition of plain sailing

: smooth sailing
  • Creating the lagoon was not all plain sailing. The bulldozer compacted the soil, and several trees died.
  • —Eleanor Dwight

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1796

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