low-hanging fruit

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A child picking the low-hanging fruit

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low-hanging fruit (plural low-hanging fruits)

  1. (idiomatic) Easily obtained gains; what can be obtained by readily available means.
    • 2010 Dany Shukrun, UCC F2F "But, we want to identify, the low-hanging fruit that we can harvest this year!"
    • 2008, Thomas F. Schaller, Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South, page 166:
      But, Florida aside, the low-hanging fruit is not in Dixie.
    • 2007, Nick Johnstone, Environmental Policy and Corporate Behaviour, page 97:
      the low-hanging fruit are picked first
    • 2004, Sarah James, The Natural Step for Communities: How Cities and Towns Can Change to, page 201:
      Low-hanging fruits are those actions that garner early agreement and that are obtainable in the short run.