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like shooting fish in a barrel

 and as easy as shooting fish in a barrel
Rur. ridiculously easy. Jane's a good mechanic. Changing a tire is like shooting fish in a barrel, for her. That comedian has an easy job. Making fun of politicians is like shooting fish in a barrel.
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like shooting fish in a barrel

Ridiculously easy, as in Setting up a computer nowadays is like shooting fish in a barrel. This hyperbolic expression alludes to the fact that fish make an easy target inside a barrel (as opposed to swimming freely in the sea). [Early 1900s]
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like shooting fish in a barrel

If arguing, fighting or competing with someone is like shooting fish in a barrel, it is very easy to win. His criticism of US TV news is like shooting fish in a barrel. Note: You can also say that someone is shooting fish in a barrel if they are arguing, fighting or competing with people who are easy to beat. I admire his humour, but I think he's shooting fish in a barrel. With more discipline, he might convince some viewers who aren't already converted. Note: You can also say that people are like fish in a barrel if they are easy to defeat or kill. Marksmen were using our satellite dishes for target practice. We felt like fish in a barrel.
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like shooting fish in a barrel

done very easily.
1992 Laurie Colwin Home Cooking I fear that's the urgency of greed. Picking cultivated berries is like shooting fish in a barrel.
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Catching lunch is as easy as shooting fish in a barrel for these creatures.