the path of least resistance


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the path of least resistance

The easiest or least stressful course, path, or method. My dad was always a bit timid, so he usually chose the path of least resistance when it came to dealing with other people. The company is eager to find the path of least resistance for getting the product approved for the market.
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path of least resistance

Fig. the easiest course to follow; the easiest route. (Often with follow the or take the.) John will follow the path of least resistance. I like challenges. I won't usually take the path of least resistance.
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When a supplier is faced with the choice of looking for new sales from existing Big Three customers (with whom they have established sales contacts; good engineering relationships; and access to design staff) versus targeting new customers such as Toyota, Honda and Nissan (with whom they have no sales contacts, and where they will need to work hard to establish engineering and design relationships), it is very easy to take the path of least resistance and stick to growing sales with its current customer base.
I feel now that I made the right moral and ethical decision by honoring my oath, despite my distaste for serving in what I consider to be a foolish, immoral mistake; but part of me still worries that I might have simply been a coward choosing the path of least resistance.
These front companies are experts at concealing the actual end-use of an item and in finding the path of least resistance for shipping an illicit commodity.
By the time they need long-term care, it's too late for people to insure privately, and the path of least resistance is government financing.
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The Asymmetrical Tip is designed to seek the path of least resistance through the fascia, dissecting through the fascial layers.
As the title indicates, employees usually take the path of least resistance.
In addition, bureaucratic inefficiency and caution lead caseworkers to rake what they perceive to be the path of least resistance.
When Vacating the mold cavity, gas always takes the path of least resistance.
With a toddler, staying home had become the path of least resistance.
a our playside T will take the path of least resistance to the playside LB.
As one who shies away from confrontation, I generally choose the path of least resistance.
Given that it is Turkey and Brazil that are likely to be the next candidates for bailouts, the temptation will be high for Washington to follow the path of least resistance and repeat the Argentina debacle.
Think about this: "The first place a school district looks to cut money is the path of least resistance, which is non-union employees," stresses Lynn Lenker, president of the Appoquinimink Food Service Workers Association in Delaware.