path of least resistance


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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
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Being at a crossroads will cause some to take the path of least resistance.
get-tough policy," is actually following the path of least resistance.
The terrorist bomb took the path of least resistance.
The ECA did not solicit any outside corporation for funding in any way, shape or form, but rather took the approach of straight-forward barter agreements so as to provide a path of least resistance for companies looking to work with the new organization: Trade shows, conferences and events would therefore be able to provide free or discounted admission to ECA members.
4776 is an impulse, strongly suggesting that the path of least resistance for Cable is lower.
City personnel managers say that given the hurdles to firing a worker for poor performance, managers sometimes follow the path of least resistance and discharge employees for other offenses, such as unexcused absences or falsifying documents.
mathematician who was the architect of the RMS model, has predicted al Qaeda activity will seek the path of least resistance in a way similar to the flow of water.
If Democrats take the path of least resistance and confirm rightwing corporate lawyers and platitude-spouting bureaucrats like Clarence Thomas promoting the Federalist Society agenda, there will be hell to pay for the Bill of Rights and public welfare generally.
It may turn out that adhering to tradition, taking the path of least resistance and doing what has always been done may have been safer in the short-run.
The problem now is that often exercise programs in this setting tend to take the path of least resistance, if you will, rather than most resistance.
This Scorecard score suggests that the path of least resistance for HET leads higher.
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If a full curtain of abrasive is not maintained, the air drawn from the dust collector takes the path of least resistance and moves around the abrasive waterfall, leaving the sand and fines mixed with the shot.
Rather than travel straight across the body to opposite electrodes, says Newell, a current will follow the path of least resistance -- snaking around bone, for instance.
The combination of strong fundamentals and technicals along with significant pessimism suggests the path of least resistance is higher.