line of least resistance

take the line of least resistance
follow/take the path of least resistance — выбрать путь наименьшего сопротивления

Jim won’t stand up for his rights. He always takes the line of least resistance. — Джим не станет отстаивать свои права. Он всегда идет по пути наименьшего сопротивления.

Ann never states her point of view. She takes the line of least resistance and agrees with everyone else. — Aнна никогде не высказывает свою точку зрения. Всегда выбирает путь наименьшего сопротивления и со всеми соглашается.

also
do sth the easy way
take the easy way out (to get free of something by taking the path of least resistance) — выбирать легкие пути

..... You can depend on Kelly to take the easy way out of a tough situation.
..... I'm not the type that takes the easy way out.
..... It's human nature to want to take the easy way out because conserving energy and increasing efficiency improved survival in the past.

[путь наименьшего сопротивления]
opp.:
[do sth the hard way]