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easy sledding

Effortless progress, as in It's easy sledding from here on . This expression alludes to coasting smoothly down a hill and was first recorded as smooth sledding in 1898. Also see the antonym tough sledding
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  • But all the same I reckon it isn't going to be easy sledding for him.

    The Banner Boy Scouts George A. Warren

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