path of least resistance


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the path of least resistance

The easiest or least stressful course, path, or method. My dad was always a bit timid, so he usually chose the path of least resistance when it came to dealing with other people. The company is eager to find the path of least resistance for getting the product approved for the market.
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path of least resistance

Fig. the easiest course to follow; the easiest route. (Often with follow the or take the.) John will follow the path of least resistance. I like challenges. I won't usually take the path of least resistance.
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get-tough policy," is actually following the path of least resistance.
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If Democrats take the path of least resistance and confirm rightwing corporate lawyers and platitude-spouting bureaucrats like Clarence Thomas promoting the Federalist Society agenda, there will be hell to pay for the Bill of Rights and public welfare generally.
If a full curtain of abrasive is not maintained, the air drawn from the dust collector takes the path of least resistance and moves around the abrasive waterfall, leaving the sand and fines mixed with the shot.
The problem now is that often exercise programs in this setting tend to take the path of least resistance, if you will, rather than most resistance.