sail through

Idioms & Phrases

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]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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