Definition of Plain sailing

1. Noun. Easy unobstructed progress. "After we solved that problem the rest was plain sailing"




Definition of Plain sailing

1. Noun. (nautical) The navigation of waters free from hazards or unfavourable winds. ¹

2. Noun. (nautical) (obsolete spelling of plane sailing) ¹

3. Adjective. (context: by extension) simple, straightforward, or easy ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Plain Sailing

plain-winged antshrikes
plain-woven
plain Jane
plain Janes
plain and simple
plain as a pikestaff
plain as the nose on one's face
plain clothes
plain film
plain flour
plain line
plain lined
plain lines
plain lining
plain paper
plain sailing (current term)
plain song
plain stitch
plain text
plain to see
plain turkey
plain wanderer
plain weave
plainant
plainants
plainchant
plainchants
plainclothed
plainclothes
plainclothes man

Literary usage of Plain sailing

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1. Letters and Memorials of Jane Welsh Carlyle by Jane Welsh Carlyle (1883)
"Keep up your heart the first three minutes, and after that it will be all plain sailing. Ever yours, LETTEE 323. ..."

2. The Log of the Snark by Charmian London (1915)
"New Georgia is visible dead ahead, and all is plain sailing. Jack has fallen into a doze, and I yearn over his face, gone tired and sick as he relaxes. ..."

3. Mexico on the Verge by Emile Joseph Dillon (1921)
""It is," he answered, "plain sailing." About eighteen months later in the -foyer of ... But you told me that it was all plain sailing." "Alas, poor Turkey! ..."

4. Modern Engineering Practice: Steam, Electricity, Mechanics by Frank Wakeley Gunsaulus, Ill American School (Chicago, American School (Chicago, Ill.) (1903)
"plain sailing is sailing on the supposition that the earth is flat; that the meridians are straight lines parallel to each other and at right angles to the ..."

5. Letters and Memorials of Jane Welsh Carlyle by Jane Welsh Carlyle (1883)
"Keep up your heart the first three minutes, and after that it will be all plain sailing. Ever yours, LETTEE 323. ..."

6. The Log of the Snark by Charmian London (1915)
"New Georgia is visible dead ahead, and all is plain sailing. Jack has fallen into a doze, and I yearn over his face, gone tired and sick as he relaxes. ..."

7. Mexico on the Verge by Emile Joseph Dillon (1921)
""It is," he answered, "plain sailing." About eighteen months later in the -foyer of ... But you told me that it was all plain sailing." "Alas, poor Turkey! ..."

8. Modern Engineering Practice: Steam, Electricity, Mechanics by Frank Wakeley Gunsaulus, Ill American School (Chicago, American School (Chicago, Ill.) (1903)
"plain sailing is sailing on the supposition that the earth is flat; that the meridians are straight lines parallel to each other and at right angles to the ..."

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