take the easy way out

take the easy way out
   If you take the easy way out, you choose the easiest way to deal with a difficult situation, even if it is not the best solution.
   

The weather conditions were so bad that Mary took the easy way out and cancelled her appointment.


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  • take the easy way out — extricate oneself from a difficult situation by choosing the simplest or most expedient course rather than the most honorable or ethical one * * * take the easy way ˈout idiom to end a difficult situation by choosing the simplest solution even if …   Useful english dictionary

  • take the easy way out — to avoid dealing directly with a problem, difficulty or situation by taking some other action (same as to take the line of least resistance) …   Idioms and examples

  • take the easy way out of — to avoid dealing directly with a problem, difficulty or situation by taking some other action (same as to take the line of least resistance) …   Idioms and examples

  • way out — plural ways out n 1.) BrE a door or passage through which you leave a building = ↑exit 2.) a way to escape a difficult or bad situation ▪ He was in a dilemma, and could see no way out. 3.) on the/your way out …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • way out — plural ways out n 1.) BrE a door or passage through which you leave a building = ↑exit 2.) a way to escape a difficult or bad situation ▪ He was in a dilemma, and could see no way out. 3.) on the/your way out …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • way out — noun (C) BrE 1 a door or a passage through which you can leave a building; exit 2 a way of getting away from a difficult or unpleasant situation see also: take the easy way out easy 1 (6), way out way 1 (4) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • The Silent Way — is an approach to language teaching designed to enable students to become independent, autonomous and responsible learners. It is part of a more general pedagogical approach to teaching and learning created by Caleb Gattegno. It is constructivist …   Wikipedia

  • the\ line\ of\ least\ resistance — • (the) line of least resistance • (the) path of least resistance n. phr. the easiest way; the way that takes least effort. In becoming a doctor like his father John had really just followed the line of least resistance. Some parents take the… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • the\ path\ of\ least\ resistance — • (the) line of least resistance • (the) path of least resistance n. phr. the easiest way; the way that takes least effort. In becoming a doctor like his father John had really just followed the line of least resistance. Some parents take the… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • easy — eas|y1 W1S1 [ˈi:zi] adj comparative easier superlative easiest ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(not difficult)¦ 2¦(comfortable)¦ 3¦(not worried)¦ 4¦(friendly)¦ 5¦(easily attacked)¦ 6 take the easy way out 7 have an easy time (of it) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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