be ripe for the picking

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be ripe for the picking

To be in an ideal position or at the perfect stage to be utilized, benefited or profited from, taken advantage of, exploited, etc. (Alludes to fruit being at the right stage to be harvested.) Assert our brand early and aggressively enough, and this new market will be ripe for the picking. I heard that massive company just dropped their current PR team—that contract is ripe for the picking! This land is ripe for the picking if we can get the locals to sign over the rights to it.
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We have very, very good officers in Wales and we have no industrial relations problems and that is why I worry we are ripe for the picking too.'
As far as they are concerned, the children of the unchurched are ripe for the picking.