that's easy for (one) to say

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that's easy for (one) to say

It's easy for one to make that kind of statement or give that kind of advice because one's not the person who has to do it or be affected by it. A: "If people are unhappy with those working conditions, they should just get a new job!" B: "That's easy for you to say. You haven't had to look for a job in over 15 years." You really need to start getting more exercise. I know that's easy for me to say, seeing as I live alone with no kids, but you've got to find the time or your health is really going to suffer.
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That's easy for you to say.

You can say that easily because it really does not affect you the way it affects others. Waiter: Here's your check. Mary: Thanks. (turning to others) I'm willing to just split the check evenly. Bob: That's easy for you to say. You had lobster! Sally: Let's each chip in ten bucks and buy him a sweater. Sue: That's easy for you to say. You make twice what I do.
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My husband kept telling me, "Oh, you'll adjust." That's easy for him to say! But you have to make these changes and know that's part of your faith.
Irons chews scenery with gusto, telling one of his lieutenants with an icy glare: "It's just money, it's made up: pieces of paper with pictures on them so we don't have to kill each other just to get something to eat." That's easy for him to say, he has plenty.
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That's easy for him to say. He was the calmest person, not only out on the pitch but in the entire stadium.
That's easy for him to say. My ball finished just off the green."
But that's easy for him to say - he's not the one who's been sleeping in the trash.
But that's easy for him to say as I don't have any male pals.
That's easy for him to say. I haven't not eaten more than one segment of chocolate a day for the last 18 years to suddenly be 209lbs-plus.
But then I thought, That's easy for him to say. He's got a P&Y bull elk on his wall.
That's easy for him to say! Yes, the guy in the Tardis was back fighting the far-fetched forces of evil.
That's easy for him to say. It's not all hanging out for him.
That's easy for him to say. As a private firm, KORE isn't subject to the same microscopic scrutiny as the big boys in the public market.
"That's easy for him to say on his big fat salary, but to the 10,000 families affected by this, it is absolutely crass and condescending.
"Of course, that's easy for him to say, considering that, at his peak, he was capable of writing two or three albums every year."