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nuclear option

1. The use of nuclear weapons, as by the military, often considered a last resort. I'm worried about the repercussions if our military officials choose the nuclear option.
2. In the US Senate, a course of action allowing the majority party to end filibustering with a simple majority, rather than the usually required supermajority of 60%. Senators could, however, use the nuclear option to approve that nomination.
3. An especially drastic decision or action. Calling the CEO about this issue is definitely the nuclear option—let's see what we can do on our own first.
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keep (one's) options open

To refrain from making a decision or commitment that will limit one's choices in the future. You're awfully young to be getting married. I just think you should keep your options open until you're finished with college. They've offered me a good salary if I stay with the company, but I think I'd like to keep my options open.
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leave (one's) options open

To refrain from making a decision or commitment that will limit one's choices in the future. You're awfully young to be getting married. I just think you should leave your options open until you're finished with college. They've offered me a good salary if I stay with the company, but I think I'd like to leave my options open for now.
See also: leave, open, option

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

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.
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all options stink

There is no good option in this particular situation. I don't know what we're going to do here—all options stink.
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a soft option

A soft option is something that will not take much effort or not be very unpleasant. They do not simply become a nanny because they think it is a soft option, better than commuting to an office each day. We're not giving young offenders a soft option. Note: This expression is usually used to show disapproval.
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keep (or leave) your options open

avoid committing yourself.
1996 Colin Bateman Of Wee Sweetie Mice and Men Have it your way. We'll go to Princetown. But I'm keeping my options open. If there's any more trouble…we're out, we're home.
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soft option

an easier alternative.
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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

keep/leave (all) your ˈoptions open

avoid making a decision now so that you still have a choice in the future: Doing business with him is sometimes quite stressful. He likes to keep all his options open until the very last minute.
See also: keep, leave, open, option

All options stink

and AOS
phr. & comp. abb. All options stink.; There is no good solution. I don’t know what to do. All options stink. Since AOS, I’ll do nothing at all.
See also: all, option, stink
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Many nonqualified options expire unexercised, usually because the options are "underwater" (meaning the option price is higher than the stock's current market price).
Most offenses can be labeled as one of the following: finesse, power, option, zone, or gun.
That is, compensation cost arising from the issuance of stock options may be expensed or capitalized in the same way as cash compensation.
But even though stock options are an expense used by companies to compensate employees, they may not need to be expensed.
An options mindset is critical to successful management in changing times.
These standards are the basis of the new Medicare/Medicaid Certification-based Long Term Care Accreditation option. As would be expected, these standards do not address such issues as care and treatment, continuity of care, and infection control, which are essentially covered by state agency surveys.
The optimal strategy, therefore, may be to combine less risky restricted stock with riskier "leveraged stock options," or LSOs as I call them--options for which the exercise price is posted 30 to 50 percent over the grant date share price in order to set aside a required shareholder return before management participates.
When stock options are awarded to employees at fair market value (which is a predominant practice), companies incur no out-of-pocket expense, other than some administrative fees.
All career plans should include multiple options, particularly for students who have poor likelihood of completing college.
Since employee stock options can be a significant part of an individual's wealth portfolio, employees who focus only on the intrinsic value of the options today may lose sight of the true value of their options and the long-term benefits that stock options are intended to provide.
Today, the price of Microsoft call options with a strike price of $175 and an expiration date of Jan.
eQ Oyj (HEL:EQV1V), an operator of a group of companies that specialise in asset management and corporate finance operations, reported on Friday that during the subscription period of the option programme with a subscription price for key employees of the company, the option right recipients have subscribed for altogether 1 875 000 option rights.
While most options expire worthless, this would lead to a conclusion that many option traders take a hit and absorb a loss.
selling naked options can seem, at first glance, to be a good way to earn a premium, but there can be several unexpected and unpredictable problems during the option's life.
Stock options are a popular compensation tool that can align employees' interests with those of the company and shareholders.