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easier said than done

This page is about the idiom easier said than done.

Meaning: You say something is easier said than done when it looks easy to do, but in fact it's quite difficult to do.

For example:

  • Opening a branch office in China is easier said than done because of all the government regulations.

  • I warn my students that becoming a successful artist in the real world is much easier said than done.

Quick Quiz:

A writer visiting our university said that it's much easier said than done to

a. get a book published

b. read a book review

c. buy a book online

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Contributor: Matt Errey