Soft option - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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soft option an easier alternative.
the ˌsoft/ˌeasy ˈoption (often disapproving) an easier way of doing something; an easier course of action because it involves less effort, difficulty, etc: If you want to go for the soft option, you can get the qualification in three years rather than two. ♢ He decided to take the easy option and give them what they wanted.