take the path of least resistance

take the path of least resistance

To do the thing that causes the least amount of difficulties, problems, or resistance. Let's not try to innovate this time—just take the path of least resistance so we can get the job done on time. I know you like to take the path of least resistance in these production meetings, but you need to stand up for yourself when you know you're right!
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