the soft option

soft option

A possible course of action that does not require as much effort, hardship, or unpleasantness compared to the alternative(s). The government is trying to find a soft option on tax reform that won't drive away businesses but won't cost the state billions in lost revenue each year. I think he decided to stay in his job because it was the soft option—it was safe, secure, and he knew how to do it, even if he was bored stiff.
See also: option, soft

the soft 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 soft option and got an office job so he'd have a secure income for the family.
See also: option, soft

soft option

an easier alternative.
See also: option, soft

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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Neil Matheson said: "He took the soft option - he's certainly no leader.
The Justice Secretary said: "Under the new system we are introducing, offenders will face prosecution if they fail to comply with the conditions set by the police, so that no-one is allowed to get away with the soft option.
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said: "Offenders will face prosecu-tion if they fail to comply with conditions set by the police, so no one is allowed to get away with the soft option.
The Soft Option tyre launch has to be utilized in one of the three races at each event and has been well received by teams and fans this year.
Governments talk tough on law and order but when it comes to making offenders serve their time they revert to the soft option.
The two-and-a-half-miler is the soft option, but we won't make any decisions until we have a better idea of what the ground is going to be like.
Germany, where the car is king, or the United Kingdom, seen as the soft option.
The recipes include everything from the soft option of the Victorian Jigger, which combines Fentimans Victorian Lemonade with the Mandarin & Seville Orange Jigger, to more sophisticated combinations such as a Moscow Mule with Ginger Beer or a Dark & Curious, made with dark rum and Curiosity Cola.
However, church leaders in the main remain silent against the current 'Christianaphobia', or engage in 'social religion' - the soft option.
it's cold and miserable and probably the gloomiest month of the year - which means that some anglers are taking the soft option by staying wrapped inside a warm quilt.
No the businessman from page 12 got the soft option.
The tie-up is likely to see Britvic-sponsored posters being put up in thousands of pubs and dubs nationwide in a bid to persuade drinkers to hang around but switch to the soft option instead of alcohol.
I can see how people hearing about this might think getting them to play games is the soft option.
But the plan was rejected because UEFA didn't want to give hard-up clubs the soft option of going out of Europe at a profit.
I'm sure that many in favour of the soft option promised to us by the Welsh Government, will now oppose the principle of this Bill and make sure they sign up to opt out.