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British pronunciation/biː ɪn smˈuːð wˈɔːtə/
American pronunciation/biː ɪn smˈuːð wˈɔːɾɚ/
to be in smooth water
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to experience no or very few difficulties or disruptions, particularly after a period of hardship

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to [be] in smooth [water] definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "be in smooth water" and when to use it?

The idiom "be in smooth water" is rooted in nautical terminology. In sailing, "smooth water" refers to calm, undisturbed, and tranquil waters, which are typically easier to navigate than turbulent or rough waters. The phrase has been used figuratively in everyday language to describe situations where things are going well and there are no significant challenges or obstacles.

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Ever since they implemented the new procedures, the project has been in smooth water.
The business was in smooth water until the recent economic downturn.
We'll be in smooth waters if we can secure a new loan extension from the bank.
His career has been in smooth water for the past few years, with no major setbacks.
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