low-hanging fruit

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low-hanging fruit

1. That which is especially easy to obtain or achieve. Often implies something that is perhaps not as satisfying as that which takes more effort or skill to obtain or do. Jokes about the president's peculiar way speaking are pretty low-hanging fruit, if you ask me. It was low-hanging fruit, but the first-round victory is good to get under our belt all the same.
2. Someone who is very easy to persuade, swindle, or sell to. You've got to learn how to spot people who've just gotten paid—they're eager to spend their wages, so they're always low-hanging fruit.
See also: fruit

low-hanging fruit

Fig. the easiest person(s) to sell something to, to convince of something, or to fool. (From the much older easy pickings.) People who always want to be the first to buy something, they're low-hanging fruit for this product. Don't be satisfied with the low-hanging fruit. Go after the hard-sell types.
See also: fruit

low-hanging fruit

People use low-hanging fruit to refer to the things that are the easiest to achieve or get. I think there's a lot of low-hanging fruit that we can go after in terms of reducing our costs.
See also: fruit
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Their algorithms seem to be aimed at making the easiest possible sale by recommending the lowest-hanging fruit. You read an anti-Trump book?
And it speaks to a bigger truth that gets lost in headlines about breaches and bugs: Online safety isn't about being unhackable, it's about not being the lowest-hanging fruit.
"You could argue that because larger objects are easier to detect than smaller ones, this is really the lowest-hanging fruit, so it might not be wholly unexpected that the first exomoon detection would be among the largest possible," Teachey said.
"We believe that the government and authorities are choosing the lowest-hanging fruit. There are better solutions that are less costly, such as rehabilitating our composting facilities and building up the recycling industry," Abla said.
When it comes to automation of back- and middle-office functions, Dhar says, "the lowest-hanging fruit is operations -- which requires ensuring that things match up and add up, so that reconciliation can be done more smoothly by fewer humans."
"Tech is the lowest-hanging fruit" when it comes to building students' skills, Poore said.
Hywel Williams, the director of the University of Nottingham's (England) Center of Evidence-Based Dermatology, calls this the "lowest-hanging fruit" in terms of cost savings, safety, and convenience to patients.
In choosing among these, planners should think about which one promises to be the lowest-hanging fruit.
Hywel Williams, the director of the University of Nottingham's Center of Evidence-Based Dermatology, England, calls this the "lowest-hanging fruit" in terms of cost savings, safety, and convenience to patients.
The key to successfully incorporating a predictive model is to target opportunities where data can give a claims organization the biggest lift, with the lowest-hanging fruit clearly being claim severity.
This seat is among the lowest-hanging fruit for the national Democrats.
(The worst case scenario: We'd have to change Sugar Babies' name to High Fructose Corn Syrup Babies.) If we genuinely have any interest in scaling back the kind of regulatory overreach that invariably promotes cronyism, sugar reform is the sweetest, lowest-hanging fruit on the tree.
Too often however, the lowest-hanging fruit targeted on the cost-cutting tree are packaging and shipping costs.
Patrick's first term, legislators picked only the ripest and lowest-hanging fruit such as the "king for a day" provision whereby employees working even one day in a position with a higher salary became eligible for a higher pension.