from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Informal Something so simple or easy as to require no thought.
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- n. An easy or obvious conclusion, decision, solution, task, etc.; something requiring little or no thought.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a decision requiring little or no thought; an obvious choice.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. anything that requires little thought
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And he was going to be in Denver for the Fly Tackle Dealer Show anyway, so it was what they call a no-brainer.
Now industry players are wondering how a project whose approval was called a "no-brainer" by Mr. Harper has instead been left to founder.
Well that, Mr. Skimmer, is what we at City Hall call a no-brainer!
In newspapers and on talk shows across Canada this week following President Barack Obama's decision to delay the $7 billion Keystone-XL pipeline that Prime Minister Harper had famously called a "no-brainer," there's been no shortage of Monday-morning quarterbacking and questions about what went wrong with the proposed project.
It was a decision that the magazine's executive editor, John Knight, describes as a "no-brainer."
For those in elected office trying to scale the clean economy, shouldn't kicking these highly profitable, mature industries off the dole have been a policy and political no-brainer?
ST: Although extreme weather variation is a climate change no-brainer, the party line for the Republican base is that snow of any kind is evidence that global warming is a hoax.
Matt Roush: A renewal for 2 Broke Girls is a virtual no-brainer, and Up All Night has a good shot at a second season, especially if it performs decently when it moves to Thursdays next month where it should have been airing all along.
Tuesday in a Nutshell: The no-brainer: CBS will continue to rule with its NCIS-NCIS: LA combo, and the new procedural-with-a-twist Unforgettable should fit right in, possibly putting a dent in ABC's midseason surprise Body of Proof, which roughly targets the same audience for female-driven crime dramas.
A weekly gig on an established show was a no-brainer.