the easy way out

the easy way out

A solution or means of dealing with a situation or problem that requires the least amount of effort or hardship, but which does not meaningfully resolve it. Rather than confronting her about the issue, John took the easy way out and promptly began to ignore her instead. Companies looking for an easy way out of dealing with workplace disputes are about to come up against much stricter regulations this spring.
See also: easy, out, way

the easy way out

COMMON The easy way out is a way of dealing with a difficult situation that seems easy for you but does not solve the problem properly. It is the easy way out to blame others for our failure, and this is bad practice. As soon as problems arose in the relationship, he took the easy way out and left.
See also: easy, out, way