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push at an open door

To easily achieve victory or a desired outcome because it is supported by a majority of people. The area was so entrenched by separatists that the incoming soldiers ended up pushing on an open door. Many assumed that the candidate's seemingly outlandish views would be quickly and decisively dismissed by the population, but it turns out that, in many parts of the country, he was pushing at an open door.
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push at (or against) an open door

have no difficulty in accomplishing a task; fail to realize how easy something is.
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He was, to a degree, pushing at an open door, given that Theresa May's snap election was woefully ill-thought out and her manifesto even more so.
Minority government or not, Sturgeon is clearly pushing at an open door on a more progressive tax regime that asks those who can afford it to contribute a little more.
When fans targeted today's game against Liverpool as the moment for mass action it looked like they were pushing at an open door.
In many cases we are pushing at an open door when it comes to new export opportunities," said Mr Davies.
And observation of any Saturday crowd at Sandown or Newbury bears this out, proof that for all the apparently archaic strictures of dress codes racecourses are pushing at an open door, as people make the effort of their own accord.
With the campaigning Sunday Mirror - with its vast readership and proud history - on our side, I think we are pushing at an open door.
But, surprisingly, I was pushing at an open door in this case.
The Newcastle owner was pushing at an open door with the broadcaster, who gave him the red carpet treatment on Thursday.
We have worked hard to promote recycling as the costs of landfill has risen, but in most cases we have been pushing at an open door - the public want to recycle more and expect us to do more to help them.
Persuading companies to invest in green technology today is like pushing at an open door," says Vanessa Landreau, marketing executive of Telford-based green tech firm Maxsys.
Often, we are pushing at an open door because there is so much interest in the city people want to know what is happening here.