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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.
See also: option, soft

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
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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.
See also: option, soft
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soft option

an easier alternative.
See also: option, soft
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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
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The warning sounded by MP Margot Jones that schools are putting students in for soft option exams to boost their league table positions is echoed by many on the right and left of the political spectrum.
PC Colin Barlow, from the unit, said: "Football banning orders are not a soft option and we will take decisive action against those who breech their conditions."
We have no real deterrent anymore, prison being a soft option.
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"I felt relieved that I didn't go to jail but this is not a soft option. I have got to get up and do the work on my days off.
Mr Straw said community punishments should not be viewed as a "soft option" as Liverpool, like New York, could not be described as a "soft" city.
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Britain will continue to be a soft touch for immigrants as long as places like the Channel Islands remain a soft option for entry.