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line of least resistance

the course of action that will cause least trouble or effort. Jane won't stand up for her rights. She always takes the line of least resistance. Joan never states her point of view. She takes the line of least resistance and agrees with everyone else.
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path of least resistance

Fig. the easiest course to follow; the easiest route. (Often with follow the or take the.) John will follow the path of least resistance. I like challenges. I won't usually take the path of least resistance.
See also: least, of, path, resistance

pocket of resistance

Fig. a small group of people who resist change or domination. The accounting department seems to be a pocket of resistance when it comes to automating.
See also: of, pocket, resistance

the path of least resistance

the way that is the easiest Thieves usually take the path of least resistance, taking the cars that are easiest to steal.
See also: least, of, path, resistance

take the line/path of least resistance

to act in the way which will be easiest because you will not have to argue with other people about it You could always take the line of least resistance and go with the majority vote.
See also: least, line, of, resistance, take

the pièce de résistance

the best or most important thing in a group or series The pièce de résistance of his act was to make a car vanish on stage.
See also: DE, piece, resistance

least resistance, line of

Also, path of least resistance. The easiest method, way, or course of action. For example, He tends to do what most people seem to want, taking the line of least resistance. This term employs resistance in the sense of "the physical opposition of one thing or force to another," a usage dating from the early 1600s. It has been used figuratively since about 1900.
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Variant Salmonella genomic island 1 antibiotic resistance gene cluster in Salmonella enterica serovar Albany.
9QF1 resistance shift, but this experiment was only intended as an initial mapping of bridge parameters.
Raw data" 4TP interchanged resistance ratio deviation measurements [DELTA] again converge to the (42.
Quadratic frequency dependences will be discussed in a future paper [24], but we see here that the bridge quadratic dependence was at least ten times larger than for any resistance ratio.
It was crucial to use 1:1 resistance ratios and make interchanged measurements to remove dominant ac bridge frequency-dependence effects.
Where does one draw the line on optimal resistance load and speed of exercise moment?
Point: Whenever a heavier resistance is being moved with great effort and the lifter is attempting to "explode," the movement will naturally be slow, but more MUs will be activated.
Behm and Sale have presented evidence that it is the intention to move quickly which determines the velocity-specific response, and that heavy resistance training may be effective if the athlete attempts to move the resistance as quickly as possible.
As an exercise set nears the point of maximum reps and fatigue begins to take its toll, the trainee begins "exploding" to move the resistance, but it is moving under control.
T] is the transfer (feedback) resistance of one of the input stages in [omega], and
Because of the summing operation, the transfer resistance (current-to-voltage gain) is independent of the number of amplifiers used.
1/2] Johnson noise of the 15 [omega] detector resistance.
Antibiotic use exerts selective pressure on resistance in respiratory pathogens in several ways (35).
Second, large variations in resistance are typically found, depending on the examined age group, with highest resistance rates and largest amounts of antibiotic consumption usually in children.
Further studies should be undertaken to extend our analyses to Asian countries that are demonstrating high rates of streptococcal resistance (31).