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be not rocket science

To not be a pursuit, activity, or endeavor that requires extraordinary skill or intelligence. Look, all you need to do is reformat the hard drive on your computer. It isn't rocket science! Sure, it took a little bit of time to figure out, but reinstalling the modem wasn't rocket science or anything.
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not rocket science

If you say that something isn't rocket science, you mean that it is easy or obvious. It isn't rocket science to figure out that you will sell more sweets if you put them where small children will see them. People should be able to fill in the forms themselves — this isn't rocket science. Note: You can use expressions such as it doesn't take or you don't have to be a rocket scientist to point out that something is very easy or obvious. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why he's so angry. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to work it out. Note: The expression rocket scientist, meaning `very clever person', is used in various other structures. Now I'm no rocket scientist, but even I could see those figures looked way too high.
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not rocket science

used to indicate that something is not very difficult to understand. humorous
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it’s not ˈrocket science

used in order to emphasize that something is not complicated or difficult to do or understand: Oh, I’m sure I’ll manage. It’s not exactly rocket science, is it?
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When Microtel announced it was building a hotel next to Hockey Heritage North and the nearby Comfort Inn began completely renovating its 65 rooms, Wilf Hass, the town's economic development and tourism director, said it wasn't rocket science to figure out the facility's future and best use was as a conference and meetings space.
Ramacher told the court "it wasn't rocket science to work out" what was happening at the yard, but insisted he was not organising the scam - only fitting the stolen parts to cars.
I'd seen the Moonwalk, which I thought was a terrific idea and it wasn't rocket science to make the jump to walking with kilts, supporting children's charities instead of breast cancer charities.
It wasn't rocket science but Villa carried out their game plan to perfection with discipline and hard graft.
It wasn't rocket science but Turner was soon splashing out from the cavernous sandpits.
It wasn't rocket science to see Advani's move for what it is: a protest against BJP president Rajnath Singh's plan to name Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the head of the party's campaign committee.
WE LOVE MEDICS BRAIN DOCTORS BBC2, 9pm IF you were a fan of the ITV series Monroe, starring James Nesbitt, you might have got the impression that brain surgery wasn't rocket science and that surgeons could fix anything these days, wielding their charisma like a laser beam.
I said to them it wasn't rocket science, do what you see at times, instead of over-complicating things.
There was a brief period a couple of years ago when a number of clubs claimed they were named and shamed for having their tickets touted on eBay, but the sellers actually named them by showing photographs of the tickets with the seat details and name of the offending clubs in full view - it wasn't rocket science.
It wasn't rocket science and I didn't need a government committee to tell me what to do.
What Burnley did for the first goal wasn't rocket science.
It wasn't rocket science, it's fairly basic but we couldn't deal with it.
Pretty Woman wasn't rocket science but it was a great, sparky collaboration of two stars at the top of their form - Julia Roberts and Richard Gere.