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plain sailing

Meaning: If something is plain sailing, it's very easy to do and there are no problems to overcome.

For example:

  • Golfer Tiger Woods hit a couple of bad shots early in his round, but it was plain sailing after that and he won the match easily.

  • I answered the first few questions in the exam without any problems, and I knew it'd be plain sailing from then on.

Origin: From sailing, in which plain sailing means to sail at good speed without facing any obstacles.

Quick Quiz:

We drove to Paris, and after getting out of London it was plain sailing all the way because
  1. there was hardly any traffic
  2. it rained so much it was flooding
  3. we had a strong westerly tailwind

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