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be not rocket science

To not be a pursuit, activity, or endeavor that requires extraordinary skill or intelligence. Look, all you need to do is reformat the hard drive on your computer. It isn't rocket science! Sure, it took a little bit of time to figure out, but reinstalling the modem wasn't rocket science or anything.
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not rocket science

If you say that something isn't rocket science, you mean that it is easy or obvious. It isn't rocket science to figure out that you will sell more sweets if you put them where small children will see them. People should be able to fill in the forms themselves — this isn't rocket science. Note: You can use expressions such as it doesn't take or you don't have to be a rocket scientist to point out that something is very easy or obvious. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why he's so angry. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to work it out. Note: The expression rocket scientist, meaning `very clever person', is used in various other structures. Now I'm no rocket scientist, but even I could see those figures looked way too high.
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not rocket science

used to indicate that something is not very difficult to understand. humorous
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it’s not ˈrocket science

used in order to emphasize that something is not complicated or difficult to do or understand: Oh, I’m sure I’ll manage. It’s not exactly rocket science, is it?
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Cutting well-fit dovetails isn't rocket science, but there are a few ways to make the job easier, and more accurate.
He said: "It isn't rocket science - if you want to stop elderly people from feeling isolated and low, things like this can help massively.
Boiling water, a teabag, a splash of milk and maybe a spoonful of sugar - making a cup of tea isn't rocket science.
But Midland hopes rest on the shoulders of ginger-haired Andrew, who will be seeking to prove that it really isn't rocket science.
This isn't rocket science, yet it sometimes seems as if half of all arguments result from people forgetting the distinction, or trying to blur it.
This isn't rocket science, and I have no doubt that the Director of the NHS in Wales understands this message.
Fish cookery isn't rocket science, but there are a few things to consider.
Becoming a truly great sales leader isn't rocket science.
This isn't rocket science, but we're moving it from a taking-away mode to an adding-back-in mode.
It isn't rocket science to realise that a PS1 billion cut in the city's budget is having a drastic economical effect on the city.
What they do isn't rocket science - techno with guitars.
And as befitting a man who works for a firm named after a basic tool for counting, he says that getting your finances in order really isn't rocket science.
Katy chief When you think about it this isn't rocket science and it won't cost us anything to implement.
have proved excellent at every task they've been given, and, contrary to what we're led to believe, investment banking isn't rocket science (though, as it so happens, there is a Latvian physicist working at my local car wash).
Breastfeeding may be an art, but it isn't rocket science, and needn't be made the domain of state-certified experts.