choose the path of least resistance

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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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On the excuse that no meal is complete without a sweet ending, my companions and I chose the path of least resistance and succumbed to the desserts: a satiny panna cotta topped with cubes of ripe mango, tiramisu made of mascarpone cheese and milk chocolate, its top dusted with cocoa powder; and a macaron and a chocolate biscotti.
Congress instead chose the path of least resistance -- which was doing nothing -- so the automatic, across-the-board cuts mandated by the 2011 Budget Control Act took effect in March.
Yet it is surely significant that Grass recalls, fully, a lifetime later, this aberrant resistance which contrasts so starkly with the conduct of those like himself who chose the path of least resistance.
Overwhelmed by the choices and requirements, she chose the path of least resistance. The major complaints about college applications revolve around the multiple requirements, the inconsistency of those demands, the repetitiveness of various tasks, and the complexity of the administrative process.
Despite inherent reporting and data collection inaccuracies, those responsible for the anti-drug movement carelessly chose the path of least resistance. That is, they relied on reductionistic techniques like punishment as a result of simplistic application.