the soft/easy option

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soft option

A possible course of action that does not require as much effort, hardship, or unpleasantness compared to the alternative(s). The government is trying to find a soft option on tax reform that won't drive away businesses but won't cost the state billions in lost revenue each year. I think he decided to stay in his job because it was the soft option—it was safe, secure, and he knew how to do it, even if he was bored stiff.
See also: option, soft

the easy option

A less strenuous, less risky, or less difficult way of doing something; a means of doing something that avoids effort or difficulty. Even though my dad had always wanted to be a cartoonist, he took the easy option and got an office job so he'd have a secure income for the family.
See also: easy, option

the soft option

A less strenuous, less risky, or less difficult way of doing something; a means of doing something that avoids effort or difficulty. Even though my dad had always wanted to be a cartoonist, he took the soft option and got an office job so he'd have a secure income for the family.
See also: option, soft

soft option

an easier alternative.
See also: option, soft

the ˌsoft/ˌeasy ˈoption

(often disapproving) an easier way of doing something; an easier course of action because it involves less effort, difficulty, etc: If you want to go for the soft option, you can get the qualification in three years rather than two.He decided to take the easy option and give them what they wanted.
See also: easy, option, soft
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The 34-year-old said that she'd been left doubting herself after a woman joked she'd taken the "easy option" and suggested she hadn't had the real experience.
It was only last week that - surprise, surprise - the Head Shed has decided to take the easy option of writing off council tax debts for "those" that can't ...
I took the easy option and downloaded it on Kindle.
The BBC directors after long deliberation have come to the conclusion that rather than address the excessive salaries and over-expensive expenditure culture that currently exists, they will take the easy option of charging the over-75s for the pleasure of receiving a load of repeats and mostly second-rate TV.
The exclusion zone proposal looks an easy option which gives little consideration to parents looking to get their child into school on time.
One in five kids will buy only a card, two in 10 will gift booze as an easy option and one in 10 will give their dads nothing.
"Staying at Ibrox would have been a relatively easy option for David.
It goes without saying that the Magistrates' Bench should comprise of people from all types of background, and despite the apparent shortage of willing hands to take on this responsibility, the easy option is to sink to the lowest possible denominator and dress it up as a positive.
She said: "The easy option is to simply tax drivers but that is not always the most effective method, nor does it help grow the economy.
It can't be all their fault, and these players need to look at themselves and think: "Am I actually here for the cause or am I taking the easy option?" The mentality needs to change to get back to where we want to be.
I think the Government should have the courage to lay down a plan to take on my suggestion, instead of taking the easy option of "we'll have electric cars in 23 years' time".
WHILE she has been known to plump for the easy option of biker jacket and denim cut-offs, Alexa Chung is one of the few we can usually count on to plough her own festival fashion furrow.
The company would also be given a 30-year lease in a mineral rich area with an easy option to keep extending the lease in 10-year installments.
This may seem like an easy option now, but could there be misunderstandings and arguments further down the line?