choose the path of least resistance

choose the path of least resistance

To do something or decide on a course of action that avoids confrontation or difficulty. Let's not try to innovate this time—just choose the path of least resistance so we can get the job done on time. You're never going to be respected by your boss if you choose the path of least resistance every time he asks you to do something you don't want to do.
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The watchdog has highlighted the fact that "most consumers choose the path of least resistance" and "accept the drawdown option offered by their pension provider without shopping around".
Whether in the field of sports, love, or whatever; we naturally choose the path of least resistance. We all know "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach", "diamonds are a girl's best friend"; and those targeting you with malware know that if there is a soft underbelly in any organization, its keys and certificates.
Don't choose the path of least resistance, choose the one that's most beneficial.
As you develop your sample tracking system, keep in mind that the nature of human beings is to choose the path of least resistance. Design your sample storage system to make it easy for them to do it right.
Instead, we must choose the path of least resistance and use our surface-search radar as the primary means of weather avoidance.
As one who shies away from confrontation, I generally choose the path of least resistance. I admire those who are capable of working within the Republican Party to engineer one of the architectures by which we build our political agenda.