the easy option

the easy option

A less strenuous, less risky, or less difficult way of doing something; a means of doing something that avoids effort or difficulty. Even though my dad had always wanted to be a cartoonist, he took the easy option and got an office job so he'd have a secure income for the family.
See also: easy, option

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.
See also: easy, option, soft
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I think the Government should have the courage to lay down a plan to take on my suggestion, instead of taking the easy option of "we'll have electric cars in 23 years' time".
WHILE she has been known to plump for the easy option of biker jacket and denim cut-offs, Alexa Chung is one of the few we can usually count on to plough her own festival fashion furrow.
I've trained and played alongside him and I see a player who has the ability to dominate games but who on too many occasions takes the easy option.
Raking out the cracked grout and re-grouting is the easy option.
I didn't say he is taking the easy option, I said it is an easier option - but that's not the reason he's here.
Mr Crook added: "With frames, you cannot adopt a one-size-fits-all approach, even though this may be the easy option for frame manufacturers.
Cautioning stakeholders and the people of the country to avoid looking for easy options or imitations to circumvent these problems, Mukherjee said "We should not indulge in the easy option of mindless imitation, for that can lead us to a garden of weeds.
In these days when loyalty of local papers is thin on the ground and the easy option is to switch on a computer, this is poor.
But he said I might only get games in the Carling Cup, so I didn't take the easy option - I'm proud of what I have achieved.
The government has not been able to reduce non-interest current expenditure in the last two years and resorted to the easy option of slashing the development expenditure.
But Mitchell insisted: "Amir has taken the easy option there.
Maybe the powers that be could be looking at waste within their budgets rather than the easy option of pounds 66,000 at a stroke.
What sort of a system is it that dumbs down children's abilities and aspirations, that encourages the easy option, ignoring the role of education to maximise children's brain power and aspirations' and all so that, come the end of the year, some clueless education spokesman can point to the year-on-year rise in GCSE passes and praise the talent of the pupils and the universal excellence of their teachers?
But confronting the dark side of one's own character and changing one's ways is not necessarily the easy option.
When river levels rise in North Somerset many otters choose to avoid the water and, thinking it is the easy option, put their lives at risk by crossing the A38 instead.