line of least resistance


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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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The trouble is where motivation is weak, either among pupils, parents or teachers, the system takes a line of least resistance.
But when times get harder, they may well think, 'The line of least resistance for me is to steal.
A picket line is the line of most resistance - Hollywood starlets are famous for their line of least resistance.
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.
He took the line of least resistance, and accepted my Welsh cheque instead.
There are a large number of situations where cameras are not going to make any difference at all but they opt for the technology because it's the line of least resistance.
Without the views and effective feedback from these sources, it is hard to consider the line of least resistance - developing and selling new or improved products to your existing customers.
Last Friday's employment data, combined with the surprising weakness seen in several other reports on the week, leave an unchanged Fed policy as the line of least resistance.
In the end I took the line of least resistance and,for the benefit of anyone listening, announced: ``Oh,all right, seeing as it's your birthday.
The book's primary revelation was that the Queen had colluded with outgoing PM Harold Macmillan, top revent RA (''Rab'') Butler's succession as Prime Minister Pimlott claimed that the Queen,faced with Macmillan's determination not to allow Butler to succeed to the Premiership, took the line of least resistance,acting on Macmillan's recommendation that she should call on the Earl of Home.
Cherney says the NASDAQ lives in its own world -- the line of least resistance must still be considered higher until we get a close above the 5,000 level.
But, true toform, this cowardly and arrogant human aberration took the line of least resistance.