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sail through

Also,sail right through. Accomplish quickly and easily, make easy progress through, as in He sailed through the written test in no time, or We sailed right through customs. This expression alludes to a boat moving quickly and easily through the water. [ Mid-1900s ]
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  • You remember Toby is just crazy to fly like the Wrights and all the other bird men who sail through the air in their aeroplanes?

    Fast Nine Alan Douglas
  • There was no wind and they seemed to sail through silver waters.

    Mistress Anne Temple Bailey
  • I looked, and could just distinguish the shadowy form of a sail through the mist.

    Salt Water W. H. G. Kingston
  • Now I expected to be a butterfly with wings to sail through the air.

  • Pete was a good helmsman, and could be trusted in close quarters like those we were about to sail through.

    The Flying Bo'sun Arthur Mason
  • Our sail through this fanciful archipelago was a most uncomfortable one.

  • Would she sail through the upper atmosphere—or come down like a stone?

  • It is majestic to sail through the air like a big bird, I think.

    Letters of the Motor Girl Ethellyn Gardner

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