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be not rocket science

To not be a pursuit, activity, or endeavor that requires extraordinary skill or intelligence. Look, all you need to do is reformat the hard drive on your computer. It isn't rocket science! Sure, it took a little bit of time to figure out, but reinstalling the modem wasn't rocket science or anything.
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not rocket science

If you say that something isn't rocket science, you mean that it is easy or obvious. It isn't rocket science to figure out that you will sell more sweets if you put them where small children will see them. People should be able to fill in the forms themselves — this isn't rocket science. Note: You can use expressions such as it doesn't take or you don't have to be a rocket scientist to point out that something is very easy or obvious. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why he's so angry. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to work it out. Note: The expression rocket scientist, meaning `very clever person', is used in various other structures. Now I'm no rocket scientist, but even I could see those figures looked way too high.
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not rocket science

used to indicate that something is not very difficult to understand. humorous
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it’s not ˈrocket science

used in order to emphasize that something is not complicated or difficult to do or understand: Oh, I’m sure I’ll manage. It’s not exactly rocket science, is it?
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Flogging ads isn't rocket science or what an Apprentice should be doing.
What compounds my frustration is that this really isn't rocket science and all it requires is some heads being knocked together and a bit of strong leadership.
The reason isn't rocket science - a bear is a hard and savage carnivore capable of frightening off many a foe, whereas a lemming is a burrowing creature, related to the mouse, and subject to following others to suicide by dropping off cliffs - so much like our batsmen surrendering their wickets at frequent intervals as the pavilion beckons.
"This game isn't rocket science. People try to make out it is, but it's all about passing the ball properly and playing the game the right way.
"Let's face it I'm the luckiest guy on earth because being a chatshow host isn't rocket science.
David Lichtenstein, Chairman and Principal of The Lightstone Group, commented, "This isn't rocket science. Find a good mall in a good area that has upside potential.
'DIY on the whole isn't rocket science. Most general tasks around the home or in the garden are pretty straightforward.
It isn't rocket science but The D4's uniquely thrilling brand of no-nonsense, party music is a joy to watch.
This isn't rocket science; this is a systems problem."
IT isn't rocket science, however much MIS people pretend otherwise.
Deterrence isn't rocket science and isn't exactly hard work.
What we have to do isn't rocket science. We need a minimum of four points.
This surely isn't rocket science, but perhaps as a mere mainland Brit I see the situation too simplistically.
We discussed it in the dressing room, it's all basic stuff, it isn't rocket science.
It isn't rocket science to show that this is inevitable as the number of people leaving schools and colleges adds to the unemployed figures.