low-hanging fruit

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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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 As Americans look for alternatives to punitive prison sentences that turned the US into the world’s leader in incarceration, legalizing a relatively safe drug seems like low-hanging fruit. German Lopez, Vox, "The case for marijuana legalization," 14 Nov. 2018 The next low-hanging fruit is people who hunt with dogs. Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "Wild pigs cause millions in damages in California. But hunting them could become easier," 25 June 2018 So including one in macOS has long been a popular request and low-hanging fruit for Apple. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "macOS Mojave review: dark mode and a preview of the Mac’s future," 24 Sep. 2018 So many clubs have embraced throwbacks on a regular basis; the low-hanging fruit seems to have been picked clean. Joe Knowles, chicagotribune.com, "Baseball’s weirdest uniforms get shredded in ‘Winning Ugly’," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of low-hanging fruit

1909, in the meaning defined above

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