plain sailing

plain sailing
(plain (или smooth) sailing)
простое, лёгкое дело, пустяки; ≈ проще простого [этим. мор. плавание по локсодромии; локсодромия - линия, пересекающая все меридианы под одним и тем же углом. Судно, идущее всё время по одному курсу, идёт по локсодромии. Это плавание не представляет большой трудности]

‘Yes,’ said Kemp, ‘That is plain sailing. Any schoolboy nowadays knows all that.’ (H. G. Wells, ‘The Invisible Man’, ch. 19) — - Да, - сказал Кемп, - все это в достаточной степени просто и известно сейчас каждому школьнику.

It wasn't all plain sailing. She made a lot of mistakes. (G. Hewett, ‘Bobbin Up’, ch. XII) — Не всегда все шло гладко. Нелл делала много ошибок.

‘You weathered the point, Mr President,’ he said. ‘The rest is smooth sailing.’ (F. Knebel and Ch. Bailey, ‘Seven Days in May’, ‘Friday 8 P. M.’) — - Вы выдержали бурю, господин президент. Все остальное пойдет как по маслу, - сказал Тод.

‘How 'bout me helpin' ye [= you] in the garden?’ ‘What!’ Mason looked up in stark surprise. ‘Help in the garden?’ He considered a moment. ‘Ye might have mentioned this before Ah [= I] started the spadework. Now it's done an' all plain saillin'.’ (S. Chaplin, ‘The Watchers and the Watched’, ch. 5) — - Тебе не нужно помочь с огородом? - Что? - Мейсон очень удивился. - Помочь с огородом? - И, подумав немного, сказал: - Ты раньше бы с этим пришел. Сейчас уже все вскопано. Самое-то трудное позади.


Большой англо-русский фразеологический словарь. - М.: «Русский язык-Медиа».. 2006.

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  • plain\ sailing — • plain sailing • smooth sailing n. phr. An uncomplicated, unhampered, or easy course. For a graduate of such a famous university as he was, that assignment was plain sailing …   Словарь американских идиом

  • plain sailing — noun uncount something easy to do or achieve: The French won the game, but it wasn t all plain sailing …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • plain sailing — If something is relatively easy and there are no problems doing it, it is plain sailing …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • plain sailing — meaning ‘a straightforward situation or course of action’, is an early 19c alteration of the original (late 17c) phrase plane sailing, which denoted a system of measuring short nautical distances by assuming that the earth s surface is a plane… …   Modern English usage

  • plain sailing — ► NOUN ▪ smooth and easy progress. ORIGIN probably from plane sailing, denoting the practice of determining a ship s position on the theory that it is moving on a plane …   English terms dictionary

  • plain sailing — n. 1. sailing on an unobstructed course 2. a smooth, clear course of action …   English World dictionary

  • plain sailing —    If something is relatively easy and there are no problems doing it, it is plain sailing.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    An activity or task that is plain sailing is without difficulty or free from trouble.     Once the plans were… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • plain sailing — /pleɪn ˈseɪlɪŋ/ (say playn sayling) noun 1. Nautical sailing on a plain course, free from obstruction or difficulty. Compare plane sailing. 2. an easy and unhindered course of action: *the leading jockey knows it won t be plain sailing. –aap news …  

  • plain sailing — 1. Navig. sailing on waters that are free of hazards or obstructions. Cf. plane sailing. 2. an easy and unobstructed way, course, or plan: As an heir to a large fortune, he looked forward to financial plain sailing. [1800 10] * * * …   Universalium

  • plain sailing — noun smooth and easy progress: team building was not all plain sailing. Origin C18: prob. a popular use of plane sailing, the practice of determining a ship s position on the theory that it is moving on a plane …   English new terms dictionary

  • plain sailing — noun easy unobstructed progress after we solved that problem the rest was plain sailing • Syn: ↑clear sailing, ↑easy going • Hypernyms: ↑progress, ↑progression, ↑procession, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary


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