least effort

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Noun1.least effort - the least effortful way to do something
elbow grease, exertion, effort, travail, sweat - use of physical or mental energy; hard work; "he got an A for effort"; "they managed only with great exertion"
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Least irritation, least effort, the ideal existence: a jellyfish floating in a tideless, tepid, twilight sea."
But if the count, getting more and more into the swing of it, charmed the spectators by the unexpectedness of his adroit maneuvers and the agility with which he capered about on his light feet, Marya Dmitrievna produced no less impression by slight exertions- the least effort to move her shoulders or bend her arms when turning, or stamp her foot- which everyone appreciated in view of her size and habitual severity.
Their methods are as reasonable as to try to pour some precious stuff from the spring to the reservoir through a non-conducting pipe, which could by the least effort be opened.
The countries that he praises so effusively have merely acted in order to comply with measures requiring the least effort on their part; words are, after all, cheap.
His Highness the Amir does not spare the least effort for assisting Muslims, the paper said.
Apparently not only does he already know about those things, he is able to work them to advantage, instinctively and with the least effort.
The three selectable drive modes offer different levels of steering indulgence, with comfort requiring the least effort and sport being on the other extreme.
Getting stronger is one thing, losing weight is another." He thinks looking for quick results with the least effort is the wrong way to go about it.
What really annoys you is that people who have put the least effort into some areas are the ones who shout the most.
It shows various combinations of energy demand and possible energy supply pathways available to the country ranging from the least effort to the heroic effort.
Simple and subtle are key words for you and the least effort it takes, the better.

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