not rocket science

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 is not rocket science to write a few letters explaining the details of an accident to the insurance company.
It's not rocket science and it's nothing to do with the weather.
It is not rocket science for goodness sake for each country to take a pro rata number of immigrants, isn't it also time to send troops to support the air strikes ?
It's not rocket science to select the man who scored 20 goals for the champions.
It's not rocket science Kate Hobbyfarmer Clamp so it doesnt matter the money they spent on the cameras could have been spent repairing the roads instead?
It's not rocket science and that quality needs to improve.
Surely it cannot be beyond the wit of man to design them, it's not rocket science.
Notice her body language; if she's been avoiding you for too long, it's not rocket science that she's not interested.
It's not rocket science, it will save a lot of headaches and stress for everyone suffering every morning.
It's not rocket science but who wants to visit a place where public conveniences are closed?
Not rocket science, perhaps - but Jack Daniel's & Cola has won the admiration and respect of the entire trade - even rivals - with this premix execution, which has seen distribution exceed its parent brand and repeat purchase as good as any launch observed by the judges.
Jenny, Rugby Not rocket science I am sick to the back teeth of people trying to defend jockeys for the indefensible.
That's certainly not rocket science, but it really is a matter of breaking old habits and entertaining new thinking, and that's not always something that finance executives--many struggling to stay afloat in a raging sea of deadlines and regulatory pressures--have had time to consider.
Clearly, it's not rocket science to say that the tax law is too complex, that complexity is expensive to deal with and, moreover, that complexity can both lead to noncompliance and spawn unintended consequences.
This house sees the idea turn a corner, literally, extending this concept along two facades; not rocket science, perhaps, but nevertheless beautifully executed.