low-hanging fruit

noun 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 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

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1909

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