plain sailing


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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Still, no more plain sailing for you now, no getting out of this one: fly to Switzerland, join the rest of the jury, help pick a winner from the nominees. María Gainza, Harper's magazine, "Both Sides Now," 10 May 2019 But the military relationship hasn’t been plain sailing either. Washington Post, "Mattis, China leaders strike positive tone despite tensions," 27 June 2018 Installing the London sculpture has not been plain sailing, however. Farah Nayeri, New York Times, "Christo’s Latest Work Weighs 650 Tons. And It Floats.," 18 June 2018 The hearing was plain sailing for St. Eve and fellow nominee Michael Scudder, who have the backing of both Durbin and U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth. Kim Janssen,, "Judge who presided over Trump case and scolded him: 'I do not follow tweets!'," 21 Mar. 2018 Things have not been plain sailing this season for the Italian, and the Premier League title is looking certain to change hands come May with Manchester City looking imperious at the summit., "Under-Pressure Antonio Conte Reveals His Desire to See Out Chelsea Contract in Its Entirety," 4 Feb. 2018 The start to life at the Signal Iduna Park was not strictly plain sailing, though., "VIDEO: Borussia Dortmund Starlet Jadon Sancho Gets Club Star Aubameyang to Clean His Boots," 25 Oct. 2017 Any Given Saturday' which is being serialised in the Daily Mirror, not everything was plain sailing behind the scenes., "Shay Given Claims Roberto Mancini 'Fell Out With Everyone' During Time at Manchester City," 16 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of plain sailing

1796, in the meaning defined above

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