high-hanging fruit

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high-hanging fruit (uncountable)

  1. Fruit that, because of its height from the ground, is more difficult to harvest
  2. (by extension) Anything that is difficult to achieve, and which is put off while simpler alternatives are still available
    • 2007 Ricardo Cavicchioli - Archaea: Molecular and Cellular Biology - Page 455
      The smaller research-based centers will tackle the much more difficult to express, high-hanging fruit, in particular, represented by membrane and posttransationally modified proteins.