take the line of least resistance

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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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Unsurprisingly, he took the line of least resistance and did whatever was asked of him.
In the end I took the line of least resistance and,for the benefit of anyone listening, announced: ``Oh,all right, seeing as it's your birthday.
The book's primary revelation was that the Queen had colluded with outgoing PM Harold Macmillan, top revent RA (''Rab'') Butler's succession as Prime Minister Pimlott claimed that the Queen,faced with Macmillan's determination not to allow Butler to succeed to the Premiership, took the line of least resistance,acting on Macmillan's recommendation that she should call on the Earl of Home.
What Mrs Hodge means is that she took the line of least resistance when leader of Islington Council, backing the official line that there was nothing in a dossier - produced by a disaffected social worker - of systematic paedophile abuse at the council's children's homes.