push at an open door


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push at an open door

To easily achieve victory or a desired outcome because it is supported by a majority of people. The area was so entrenched by separatists that the incoming soldiers ended up pushing on an open door. Many assumed that the candidate's seemingly outlandish views would be quickly and decisively dismissed by the population, but it turns out that, in many parts of the country, he was pushing at an open door.
See also: door, open, push

push at (or against) an open door

have no difficulty in accomplishing a task; fail to realize how easy something is.
See also: door, open, push