line of least resistance


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the line of least resistance

The thing, option, or course of action that is easiest to do; that which avoids confrontation, difficulty, awkwardness, or tension. Let's not try to innovate this time—just take the line of least resistance so we can get the job done on time. You're never going to be respected by your boss if you choose the line of least resistance every time he asks you to do something you don't want to do.
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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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Writer-helmer also plays the lead role of Jonas, who, as is made clear in an opening photo montage, hasn't had much luck with women and always takes the line of least resistance when confronted with a problem.
If the curtain is disturbed and is made heavier at one end and thinner at the other, the air follows the line of least resistance and passes through the thin curtain area [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 5 OMITTED].
It is always possible, and often the case, that we will choose to follow the line of least resistance and not respond to the "moment of grace.
With no ready sellers awaiting further advances, the line of least resistance for KGC is higher yet.
Unsurprisingly, he took the line of least resistance and did whatever was asked of him.
The board said: "There is no explanation why the officers dealt with the incident in this way, but it is likely they followed the line of least resistance and moved on to the next job.
But he also has the brains to go with his brawn, employing his astute rugby intelligence to spot the line of least resistance, with his nimble feet enhancing his ball-carrying effectiveness still further.
The trouble is where motivation is weak, either among pupils, parents or teachers, the system takes a line of least resistance.
Defence barristers for the five, none of whom had previous drugs convictions, said some "took the line of least resistance and allowed this amateur effort to proceed".
But when times get harder, they may well think, 'The line of least resistance for me is to steal.
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Surrounded by such weak hearts, ministers can find many a reason to take the line of least resistance and channel their efforts to the South-East, where Parliamentary marginals crowd together and the civil servants who advise them just happen to reside.
In the end, the choice ended up as the line of least resistance, which is what happens when you let a committee decide anything.
Australia has taken the more practical line of least resistance, by adopting a federalist approach, which New Zealand is copying.
The line of least resistance would have been to brush the matter, at least partially, under the carpet.