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    Thumbs up idiom= shortsightedness , chickening out & taking the easy way out.

    I've been trying to find an idiom that relates to the following expression:

    Settling for the immediate benefit and forgoing a better outcome which required patience ,effort or courage.

    The idea to convey is that: You end up settling for less than what you could have got because you couldn't go all the way (and thus harm yourself).

    I want to use it in a negative sense.

    It touches the themes of : shortsightedness , chickening out & taking the easy way out.


    Cheers!

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    Re: idiom= shortsightedness , chickening out & taking the easy way out.

    Quote Originally Posted by akashnarang View Post
    I've been trying to find an idiom that relates to the following expression:

    Settling for the immediate benefit and forgoing a better outcome which required patience ,effort or courage.

    The idea to convey is that: You end up settling for less than what you could have got because you couldn't go all the way (and thus harm yourself).

    I want to use it in a negative sense.

    It touches the themes of : shortsightedness , chickening out & taking the easy way out.
    If your audience is familiar with the 44th US president, you could try "pulling a dubya."

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    Re: idiom= shortsightedness , chickening out & taking the easy way out.

    Sometimes half a loaf is better than none.

    Modification of post #3. "Dubya" was the 43rd president of the US; Barack Obama is the 44th.
    Last edited by riquecohen; 04-May-2013 at 16:45. Reason: factual correction

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    Re: idiom= shortsightedness , chickening out & taking the easy way out.

    I got as far as "dubya" being an acronym for "W" but not what it actually stood for.
    In the context, I may well be able to guess the "bya" but the "du" has me beat at the moment.

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    Re: idiom= shortsightedness , chickening out & taking the easy way out.

    Quote Originally Posted by Route21 View Post
    I got as far as "dubya" being an acronym for "W" but not what it actually stood for.
    In the context, I may well be able to guess the "bya" but the "du" has me beat at the moment.
    George W (double you) Bush had an interesting way of pronouncing the initial of his middle name.

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    Re: idiom= shortsightedness , chickening out & taking the easy way out.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    George W (double you) Bush had an interesting way of pronouncing the initial of his middle name.
    It's not a personal idiosyncrasy, but a regional Texan pronunciation.

    And W did go all the way. It was his father who didn't go to Baghdad and finish the job.

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    Re: idiom= shortsightedness , chickening out & taking the easy way out.

    Quote Originally Posted by akashnarang View Post
    I've been trying to find an idiom that relates to the following expression:

    Settling for the immediate benefit and forgoing a better outcome which required patience ,effort or courage.
    How about, "Discretion is the better part of valour"?

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