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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.
See also: keep, open, option

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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If employees have been granted options lower than authorized, they are getting bigger payoffs than they are entitled to, thus diluting the value of shares for the other stockholders.
Stock options are a popular method of motivating and retaining employees.
To estimate the fair value of employee options, companies must use an option-pricing model such as Black-Scholes-Merton or lattice.
That is, compensation cost arising from the issuance of stock options may be expensed or capitalized in the same way as cash compensation.
An options mindset is critical to successful management in changing times.
With their higher hurdle, leveraged options are worth perhaps only half as much as standard options, particularly if their term is limited to five years.
He must be approximately four years deep and four yards outside of the QB while the option read is being identified.
May" was the expiration date; options expire on the third Friday of the indicated month so this option would expire on May 21.
Incentive stock options must be granted pursuant to a plan approved by the shareholders of the corporation granting the options within 12 months before or after the date on which the plan is adopted.
Freddie Mac countered that a mortgage originator received an option to sell a mortgage to it in return for the commitment fee; thus, the fee was an option premium.
We had adopted Black-Scholes but now believe a lattice model is appropriate for valuing options," Nagel said.
It also issued Notice 2002-31, which details the proposed rules and guidance for employers in situations involving stock options and divorce.
With that many options, even mediocre performance creates huge option value," gadfly critics assert.