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take the line of least resistance

To do the thing that is easiest. A variant of the more common "take the path of least resistance." Let's not try to innovate this time—just take the line of least resistance so we can get the job done on time.
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take the line of least resistance

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take the path of least resistance

If someone takes the line of least resistance or takes the path of least resistance, they do the thing that is easiest in a situation. They would rather take the line of least resistance than become involved in arguments or unpleasant situations. It had been the path of least resistance to agree to Sam's suggestions. Note: The line of least resistance and the path of least resistance are used in many other structures to mean the easiest course of action. He seemed to prove that the line of least resistance would always pay off. Instead of finding a radical solution to its economic difficulties, the Parliament chose the path of least resistance.
See also: least, line, of, resistance, take
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Consensus does not mean, accepting the lowest common denominator, and certainly not taking the line of least resistance as a recent article suggested.
It is said he has sat and gorged himself at the creaking table of power without influencing anything of note other than his waistband, while employing strategies taking the line of least resistance with a mixture of much-jumbled soundbites and syntax.
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