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no-brainer

A very easy or obvious choice, decision, or solution. (So easy or obvious that it is humorously said to require no brain.) The military said they would pay off my student debt and provide a guaranteed job after I completed four years of service, so it was a no-brainer for me. The answer to the riddle was a total no-brainer—I don't know why it took me so long to figure out!

no-brainer

n. an easy question that takes no thinking to answer; a simple problem that requires no intellect to solve; a dilemma that requires no pondering to resolve. His proposal of marriage was a no-brainer. She turned him down flat on the spot.

no-brainer

Something obvious, requiring little thought. Dating from about 1970, the term quickly caught on and is on its way to clichédom. The Washington Post had it on October 3, 1991: “The rich guy is willing . . . This is a nobrainer. Let him build it.” See also rocket scientist, you don't have to be a.
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For Braun, a businessman who has campaigned as a steadfast Trump ally, the current president's appearances in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne are no-brainers in a state he won two years ago by 19 points.
Outside Washington, I expect that most people will see these ideas as no-brainers and be shocked they're not already the law."[Quotation]
All five of these stand sites are no-brainers; when you find these locations, it is time to start picking a tree and getting your stand in place.
"I mean some of these things are so basic; they're no-brainers," Huffman said.
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Expecting Doha to curtail its clandestine dealings with the planet's greatest state sponsor of terrorism, Iran, whose officials have boasted of their nation's domination of Arab capitals, and to close a Turkish military base on its soil are no-brainers. Turkey has no business muscling-in to what is being described by the United States as a family affair, unless it sees Brotherhood-loving Qatar as one of its own.
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Such decisions are often called "no-brainers" because they rarely require much thought.
BENSON: There are some actions that I would call no-brainers. So, for example, I think reforestation makes a huge amount of sense.
For most people, once explained, micro-ideas are no-brainers really.
In the near term, he said, distributions to allow family members of the dead and injured to visit Roseburg and pay medical expenses are "immediate no-brainers."
And on PBA Draft Day where the first two picks were no-brainers, Guiao came up with a selection that had everyone asking why and putting the rest of the first round of the proceedings in disarray for the other teams.
Securing the border and allowing our businesses to hire the staff they need are no-brainers. The tougher task is determining what to do about the 11.5 million immigrants already living illegally in the United States today.