low-hanging fruit

noun

low-hang·​ing fruit ˈlō-ˈhaŋ-iŋ- How to pronounce low-hanging fruit (audio)
: 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 Wyatt
When 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

Examples of low-hanging fruit in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of low-hanging fruit was in 1909

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“Low-hanging fruit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/low-hanging%20fruit. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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