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Least effort   /list ˈɛfərt/   Listen
Least effort

The least effortful way to do something.  Synonym: least resistance.

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"Least effort" Quotes from Famous Books

... at the worst, to feel lazy, to lose some physical energy! But this is no mere languor which now begins to oppress him;—it is a sense of vital exhaustion painful as the misery of convalescence: the least effort provokes a perspiration profuse enough to saturate clothing, and the limbs ache as from muscular overstrain;—the lightest attire feels almost insupportable;—the idea of sleeping even under a sheet is torture, for the weight of a silken handkerchief is discomfort. One wishes ...
— Two Years in the French West Indies • Lafcadio Hearn

... distinguished from the Reformation. Considering its prominence in the ecclesiastical world, we should naturally expect to find it represented in the symbols of the Revelation. Strangely enough, few commentators ever make the least effort to identify Protestantism with any of the symbols of this book. Mohammedanism is there; Paganism is there; the true church is there, and, it is universally admitted, the false church is there. Therefore, whether Protestantism be true or ...
— The Last Reformation • F. G. [Frederick George] Smith

... not only possessed a good understanding, but a strong and elevated soul. I was with her during her last illness, and saw her suffer and die, without showing an instant of weakness, or the least effort of constraint; still retaining her feminine manners, without entertaining an idea that such fortitude gave her any claim to philosophy; a word which was not yet in fashion, nor comprehended by her in the sense it is held at present. This strength of disposition sometimes ...
— The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau, Complete • Jean Jacques Rousseau

Words linked to "Least effort" :   exertion, effort, elbow grease, sweat, travail

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