Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - no-brainer


something that requires very little or no mental effort


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - no-brainer

Two parents are talking about their son, Johnny ...

Mother:  Well, how are we going to discipline Johnny? You know we have to reinforce the school rule about violence.

Father:  I agree.  Fighting in school just can not be tolerated.  I suppose that grounding him and taking away his video games is one option.

Mother: Grounding him is a no-brainer.  I just wonder if that is enough punishment.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - no-brainer

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  The "check engine" light has been coming on in my car for a while. Do you think I should take my car to a repair shop?

Friend 2:  Well, duh! It's a no-brainer. That's the whole point of the "check engine" light.

Friend 1:  I guess you're right. I'll take the car in.

no-brainer - Usage:


no-brainer - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for no-brainer.

no-brainer - Examples:

1)  Given the choice between dinner and diapers, pans and pacifiers, this was a no-brainer. I chose dinner.

2)  Agree to a longer term and the fees are even lower. Seems like a no-brainer if you're able to capture leads with your SlideShare content.

3)  While this may seem like a no-brainer at first, this is actually one of easiest ways that small businesses can fail.

4)   For me, it wasn't a big decision, it was a no-brainer.

5)  Will Republicans realize that shifting the tax burden more toward richer people is also a no-brainer?

6)  A priest contemplates a no-brainer: should the church buy food and shoes for poor children or finance Alzheimer's ...

7)  The decision is a complete no-brainer! Anyone with a lick of sense or decency can figure out whether to end ...

8)  This may seem like a no-brainer, but I wanted to investigate very closely how this insane resolution screen would affect ...

9)  Against the revenue Potter will generate, replacing Waterworld is a no-brainer. Waterworld generates no revenue at all.

10)  Food without optimal nutrition standards is better than no food. It's a no-brainer.

11)  Standardized metrics on price is probably a no-brainer. Metrics on quality is a lot more delicate.

12)  For the same reason Jesus said nothing against incest. It is a historical no-brainer that he didn't need to because Jews already regarded this as a severe offense.

13)  For me, it wasn't a big decision, it was a no-brainer.

14)  It sounds like a no-brainer. More people must inevitably be bad for the environment, taking more resources and ...

15)  I think Tim's point is that his diet is a no-brainer. He probably has almost the same exact grocery list from week to week.

16)  Copying those changes into the permanent stylesheet is practically a no-brainer.

17)  For the McHugh family, it was a no-brainer: Come together on a weekend, help a school and serve the community.

18)  Picking him to win the state was a no-brainer since he was leading in the polls.

19)  Most people are working and living longer, so it seems like a no-brainer to raise the retirement age to help close the long-term Social Security funding gap.

20)  Passage in that state seems like it would have been a no-brainer -- except that it didn't pass.