the easy way out


the easy way out
   suicide
   The use implies a lack of courage:
    ... they've told me it's cancer and I'm taking the easy way out. (P. D. James, 1972, quoting a suicide note)

How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.

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  • (the) easy way out — the easy way out phrase an easy way of doing something or of dealing with a problem, but not the right way or the best way He gets what he wants by hard work, never by taking the easy way out. Thesaurus: ways of solving problemssynonym Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • the easy way out — an easy way of doing something or of dealing with a problem, but not the right way or the best way He gets what he wants by hard work, never by taking the easy way out …   English dictionary

  • 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 …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • 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 — way out1 noun count * 1. ) a way of dealing with a problem: There must be a way out of this mess. the easy way out: Borrowing money was the easy way out. 2. ) BRITISH an EXIT from a place on the/your way out 1. ) while leaving a place: I ll turn… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern 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 — 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


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