low-hanging fruit

low-hang·ing fruit | \ˈlō-ˈhaŋ-iŋ- \

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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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 In other words, for China the low-hanging fruit is gone. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "If There’s a U.S.-China Trade War, China May Have Some ‘Unconventional Weapons’," 5 Apr. 2018 Analysts also point out that the easiest reforms may now be behind Abiy, who in many ways started with the low-hanging fruit. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "After years of unrest, Ethiopia enters new era of openness," 11 July 2018 But these issues should be low-hanging fruit: obvious choices for a progressive politician to take. Luke Darby, GQ, "What the Hell, Bernie Sanders?," 28 June 2018 That again helps explain the low success rate of Second Amendment litigation; there simply isn’t a lot of low-hanging fruit for gun rights litigators. Joseph Blocher And Eric Ruben, Vox, "The Second Amendment allows for more gun control than you think," 14 June 2018 In the beginning, there were only a handful of private equity firms, in an investment garden full of low-hanging fruit. Evan Horowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "Private equity is losing its luster; too bad you’re already invested.," 11 May 2018 And the concept is that boards are the easiest, probably the low-hanging fruit in terms of getting and attracting … a different board. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full video and transcript: Diversity in tech panel at Code 2018," 9 June 2018 Nunez considers straw-elimination a low-hanging fruit. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "More restaurants opt to #skipthestraw, hoping patrons will suck it up for the planet’s sake," 7 May 2018

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1909, in the meaning defined above

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