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"to be a no-brainer"

Meaning: a very easy decision; a simple problem

Similar Expressions

Would you rather go on vacation or work?
  • That is a no-brainer.
  • That is an easy one.
  • That is not even a question.
When do we use it?

We use this when a problem or question is so simple and easy to answer or solve. It is like a person does not even need a brain to answer or solve. So, we can use this fun expression anytime a question or problem is super easy.

How do we use it?

We usually use this expression after a "be verb".
  • It was a no-brainer.
  • That is a no-brainer.
  • It was a no-brainer for her.
We can also add an infinitive after this expression to explain the situation.
  • It was a no-brainer to quit my job and move to Europe with my wife.
  • It was a no-brainer to take the job.
  • It was a no-brainer to accept his offer.
Example English Conversations

A) The new company offered her a better job, more money, and more vacation time. Her current company offered her nothing.
B) So, what did she do?
A) Of course, she picked the new company. It was a no-brainer.

A) We can either eat pizza or vegetable soup.
B) That is a no-brainer. Pizza!

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