low-hanging fruit

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

Examples of low-hanging fruit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But begin with the low-hanging fruit, as these use cases will be easy to realize to show hyperautomation’s benefits. Mohit Sharma, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 There are vast gains to be made there, some low-hanging fruit. Judy Fahys, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Oct. 2021 Testa said Chapek, who took over the top job in February 2020, just before the coronavirus pandemic shut down the industry, was in a no-win situation – tasked with growing revenue when previous leaders picked off all the low-hanging fruit. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 23 Oct. 2021 Many have taken the low-hanging fruit of reducing their expenses, total debt and don’t live high on the hog. John F. Wasik, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 In the supermarket chain example, a low-hanging fruit is introducing a mobile app to place product orders. Mohan S, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 The low-hanging fruit in the Capitol prosecutions have been mob participants who entered the building but did not engage in the specific acts of violence that would warrant felony charges. Tierney Sneed, CNN, 25 Aug. 2021 Some of the low-hanging fruit includes: Keep up with security patches. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 10 Aug. 2021 But sometimes the low-hanging fruit is also the sweetest fruit. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 6 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of low-hanging fruit

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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2 Dec 2021

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“Low-hanging fruit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/low-hanging%20fruit. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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