low-hanging fruit

noun
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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Rather than try to get more rich kids graduating sooner—the low-hanging fruit—to hit his target, Laude decides to focus on the bright, low-income kids who drop out at way higher rates. Jenny Anderson, Quartz, "America’s top colleges are not the engines of social mobility they say they are," 13 Sep. 2019 The low-hanging fruit was a series of standalone proprietary-trading units that were producing almost $5 billion a year for the biggest banks. Los Angeles Times, "Volcker rule finally gets revised, but Wall Street is different now," 20 Aug. 2019 But for track forecasting, the low-hanging fruit has been picked. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Hurricane forecasts may be running headlong into the butterfly effect," 12 Aug. 2019 In terms of poorly run, undercapitalized companies and divisions, most of the low-hanging fruit has already been picked. Steven Pearlstein, Washington Post, "Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s plan for private equity has good aims but misses the mark," 27 July 2019 Advocates counter that there’s plenty of low-hanging fruit that will cost little to fix. Jackie Botts, The Mercury News, "California’s struggle to get food stamps to the hungry," 19 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of low-hanging fruit

1909, in the meaning defined above

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