plain sailing


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plain sailing

n
1. informal smooth or easy progress
2. (Nautical Terms) nautical sailing in a body of water that is unobstructed; clear sailing. Compare plane sailing

plain′ sail′ing


n.
an easy and unobstructed way, course, or plan.

plain sailing

- Probably comes from plane sailing, a way of determining a ship's position based on its moving on a plane (flat surface).
See also related terms for sailing.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plain sailing - easy unobstructed progress; "after we solved that problem the rest was plain sailing"
forward motion, onward motion, advancement, progress, progression, procession, advance - the act of moving forward (as toward a goal)
Translations
تَقَدُّم بِدون صُعوبات
úplná hračka
det går bare derudad
sima ügy
einfalt mál
úplná hračka
kolayca ilerlemesıkıntısız gelişme

plain sailing

n (fam) it'll be plain sailing from now ond'ora in poi andrà tutto liscio

plain

(plein) adjective
1. simple or ordinary; without ornament or decoration. plain living; good, plain food.
2. easy to understand; clear. His words were quite plain.
3. absolutely open or honest, with no attempt to be tactful. I'll be quite plain with you; plain speaking.
4. obvious. It's plain (to see) you haven't been practising your music.
5. not pretty. a rather plain girl.
noun
1. a large flat level piece of land. the plains of central Canada.
2. a kind of knitting stitch.
ˈplainly adverb
ˈplainness noun
plain chocolate
dark chocolate not containing milk.
plain clothes ordinary clothes, not a uniform: Detectives usually wear plain clothes; adjective (etc)
a plain-clothes job.
plain sailing
progress without difficulty.
ˌplain-ˈspoken adjective
speaking honestly and candidly, not trying to be tactful. She is a very plain-spoken person who always says what she means.
in plain English
in simple words; clearly expressed. Would you mind explaining it in plain English?
References in classic literature ?
It was very pleasant, when I stayed late in town, to launch myself into the night, especially if it was dark and tempestuous, and set sail from some bright village parlor or lecture room, with a bag of rye or Indian meal upon my shoulder, for my snug harbor in the woods, having made all tight without and withdrawn under hatches with a merry crew of thoughts, leaving only my outer man at the helm, or even tying up the helm when it was plain sailing. I had many a genial thought by the cabin fire "as I sailed." I was never cast away nor distressed in any weather, though I encountered some severe storms.
In another half hour he was progressing rapidly, and, but for an exceptional word now and again, he found it very plain sailing.
There was now no one on board of his boat that had ever voyaged on the Missouri; it was, however, all plain sailing down the stream, without any chance of missing the way.
Even so, it was not all plain sailing. The air is an unstable medium at best, and quite without warning, at an acute angle, he entered an aerial tide which he recognized as the gulf stream of wind that poured through the drafty-mouthed Golden Gate.
(if it was a case of very plain sailing), I suppose from a thousand to fifteen hundred pound,' said Mr.
"One goes along smoothly enough, one thing following another, and it's all very jolly and plain sailing, and you think you know all about it, and suddenly one doesn't know where one is a bit, and everything seems different from what it used to seem.
And after that all would be plain sailing. Paul could forecast the scene so exactly.
When you know your Pints, blow high, blow low, you'll find it plain sailing all over the house."
"It will be all plain sailing for Syd, I fancy," observed Tom, getting up as if the little cricket suddenly ceased to be comfortable.
After that it was plain sailing, though as far as I could know, there might be most anything ahead of us, and my nerves strained to the snapping-point every instant.
And don't you run away with the idea that all will be plain sailing; nothing will be easier than getting some stuff, and nothing harder than avoiding all suspicion, as, of course, we must.
But, as this documentary reveals, it's not all plain sailing. Terrifying weather, emergency evacuations, collisions, sickness and crime, are all caught on camera.