plain sailing

noun

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

Examples of plain sailing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the future is far from plain sailing for Sunak. NBC News, 25 Nov. 2020 And even if Christmas does turn out to be better than expected – because a Brexit deal has been struck and an election delayed until 2020 — that doesn’t mean plain sailing from now on. Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2019 Staley’s reign atop Barclays since 2015 has been anything but plain sailing. Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2019 Though the girls are said to be doing well, the surgery was not plain sailing. Lianne Kolirin, CNN, 16 July 2019 Life hasn't been plain sailing in north London for Aurier, though, with the former Paris Saint-Germain star coming in for a raft of criticism from the club's fanbase for his performances last season. SI.com, 15 Sep. 2019 Liverpool's run to the final was far from plain sailing, with the team having to overturn a three goal deficit against Barcelona in the semi-final second leg. SI.com, 7 Sep. 2019 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, 10 May 2019 But the military relationship hasn’t been plain sailing either. Washington Post, 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of plain sailing

1796, in the meaning defined above

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“Plain sailing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plain%20sailing. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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