low-hanging fruit

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low-hang·​ing fruit | \ ˈlō-ˈhaŋ-iŋ- How to pronounce low-hanging fruit (audio) \

Definition of low-hanging fruit

: the obvious or easy things that can be most readily done or dealt with in achieving success or making progress toward an objective Maria and Victor have about three months' living expenses set aside. That's actually pretty good…. But I urged them to do better…. Looking at their monthly expenses, we found a few pieces of low-hanging fruit: Two hundred dollars a month on clothes? I don't think so. Another $155 for hair and manicures? Denied.— Suze Orman often used with pick As the writers and producers sat down in spring 2007 to draw the outlines of Season 7, they knew, Mr. Gordon said, that most of the low-hanging fruit in the action genre had already been picked.— Edward WyattWhen business types talk about picking low-hanging fruit, they don't mean, heaven forbid, doing actual physical labor. They mean finding easy solutions.— Allan Sloan

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In some ways, the operations Twitter has identified in Russia, Iran, and elsewhere are low-hanging fruit. Sara Harrison, WIRED, "Twitter's Disinformation Data Dumps Are Helpful—to a Point," 7 July 2019 Investors may turn their attention to such projects after making it through their first round of low-hanging fruit. Lydia Depillis, CNN, "A 'mind boggling' tax break was meant to help the poor. But trendy areas are winning too," 14 June 2019 Getting rid of Stevens from the NBA is a low-hanging fruit option that doesn’t really address the issue at hand. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "Is a One-Year Ban Enough for the Warriors' Part-Owner Who Shoved Kyle Lowry?," 6 June 2019 His critics pan him for plucking the low-hanging fruit of stereotypes, while his fans appreciate him for being an equal-opportunity offender. Soumya Rao, Quartz India, "Russell Peters on stereotypes, politics, and religion in his comedy," 3 June 2019 There’s plenty of low-hanging fruit that could bear outsize rewards in terms of our health—from ridding ourselves of our smartphone addictions to taking 10 minutes each day for meditation or other mindfulness activities. WSJ, "The Top Five Health Posts of 2018 from The Experts," 31 Dec. 2018 Machine-learning systems have made astounding progress at analyzing data patterns, but that is the low-hanging fruit of artificial intelligence. Judea Pearl And, WSJ, "AI Can’t Reason Why," 18 May 2018 That is why romance is low-hanging fruit for comedians, because fear engenders that. Eliza Thompson, Cosmopolitan, "Romance Novelist Sarah MacLean Explains How J.Law and the Kardashians Inspired Her New Book," 31 Aug. 2016 And the problem was that ICE was spending too much time rounding on the low-hanging fruit rather than focusing on people who really are a danger to our community. Fox News, "TSA program tracks unsuspecting passengers," 31 July 2018

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First Known Use of low-hanging fruit

1909, in the meaning defined above

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