plain sailing


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

Examples of plain sailing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No change is ever completely plain sailing and there’s been some kinks to iron out. Barnaby Lashbrooke, Fortune, 5 June 2023 But the grain deal remains far from plain sailing. Susie Blann, Chicago Tribune, 8 Aug. 2022 This all sounds incredible, but there are rumors that delivering so much innovation hasn’t been entirely plain sailing. James Morris, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2023 However, with three failures already, 2023 looks unlikely to be plain sailing. Julia Buckley, CNN, 11 Feb. 2023 But the period since Atai’s flotation has been anything but plain sailing. David Meyer, Fortune, 5 Dec. 2022 British history since 1952 hasn’t been plain sailing. Andrew Roberts, WSJ, 9 Sep. 2022 While both influencers and hotels agree the relationship between the two needs to be mutually beneficial, that doesn't mean the future for the industry is plain sailing. Melissa Mahtani, CNN, 7 June 2022 But her journey to becoming Instagram’s favorite Ursula Andress has not been plain sailing. Alice Newbold, Vogue, 9 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1796, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of plain sailing was in 1796

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“Plain sailing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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