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 pickAs 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

Examples of low-hanging fruit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Taking money from the police budget to fully fund this idea is the definition of low-hanging fruit. Cynthia Gomez Engoulou, Star Tribune, "Flinching city leaders betray the call for real change," 19 Nov. 2020 In the great Democratic heave to remove Susan Collins from her Senate seat in Maine, Matt Gilbert should have been low-hanging fruit. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "The Democrats Went All Out Against Susan Collins. Rural Maine Grimaced.," 17 Nov. 2020 Today’s news that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have passed the Electoral College threshold of 270 is just the kind of low-hanging fruit that semi-professional naysayers and hopelessly addicted doom-scrollers like to seize upon. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Forget About Trump’s Lawsuits—Take the Win and Let Yourself Exhale," 7 Nov. 2020 Perhaps such lamentable figures were low-hanging fruit, but Randi plucked them with aplomb. Peter Tonguette, Washington Examiner, "James Randi, 1928-2020," 29 Oct. 2020 Mail-in ballots are the low-hanging fruit in an election contest and the easiest way to put the true outcome of an election in question and thereby allow the courts to determine the winner. Trey Trainor, National Review, "Vote by Mail: The Unintended Consequences," 5 Oct. 2020 The bad news is that the jobs market recovery is losing momentum, as the low-hanging fruit has already been picked with the initial reopening of the economy. Matt Egan, CNN, "Nearly 4 million US jobs have vanished forever," 2 Oct. 2020 Economists have warned for weeks that jobs that have returned are the low-hanging fruit and getting the rest of the jobs back will be more difficult, much like running the second half of a marathon. Washington Post, "Trump just crushed stimulus talks, endangering the U.S. economy and 26 million on unemployment," 4 Sep. 2020 But with so many shows lifting concepts, ideas and entire series from comics, most of the low-hanging fruit is long gone. Andrew A. Smith, Star Tribune, "Summer's best comic book-inspired TV shows plumb the depths of the obscure," 10 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of low-hanging fruit

1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Low-hanging fruit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/low-hanging%20fruit. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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