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choose (one's) battles (wisely)
To actively choose not to participate in minor, unimportant, or overly difficult arguments, contests, or confrontations, saving one's strength instead for those that will be of greater importance or in which one has a greater chance of success. As a parent, you learn to choose your battles with your kids so you don't run yourself ragged nagging them. The best politicians choose their battles wisely: if one becomes too embroiled in petty debates, one never gets anything done.
choose the lesser of two evils
To pick the less offensive of two undesirable options. I wasn't excited about going to a seminar all weekend, but I also didn't want to lose my license, so I chose the lesser of two evils and spent the weekend learning about new regulations in our field. Do you really want to get a demerit for not having your blazer? Just choose the lesser of two evils and tell the teacher you forgot it—maybe she'll take pity on you!
choose among (people or things)
To select from a group of options. The supervisor will choose among these candidates for someone to fill the position.
choose (one) as (something)
To select someone for a particular role or job. Whom has he chosen as his successor?
choose between (two people or things)
To select one person or thing from two options. We will choose between the two best candidates for the job. I'm exhausted because I had to choose between sleep or finishing this paper last night.
choose (someone or something) for (someone or something)
1. To select someone for a particular job or role. Whom has the supervisor chosen for the vacant position? I can't believe the coach chose me for pitcher!
2. To select something for someone, as of a gift. I chose that plant for him because I thought he liked to garden—I didn't realize that he's allergic to daisies!
choose from (people or things)
To select from a group of options. The supervisor will choose from these candidates for someone to fill the position.
1. To ally or agree with one person or group in an argument. I refuse to choose sides between my two daughters! I didn't intend to choose sides, but Nancy made the stronger case.
2. To divide a group of people into teams, as when playing a sport or game. The game hasn't started yet because it's taking those guys forever to choose sides!
choose up sides
To divide a group of people into teams, as when playing a sport or game. The game hasn't started yet because it's taking those guys forever to choose up sides!
To divide a group of people into teams, as when playing a sport or game. The game hasn't started yet because it's taking those guys forever to choose up!
choose among someone or something
to make a choice of a person or thing from a variety of possibilities. We will choose among the names on the list you gave us. I need to choose among the car models available.
choose between two people or things
to choose one from a selection of two persons or things in any combination. For dessert, you can choose between chocolate and vanilla ice cream. I am unable to choose between promoting John and hiring one of the others.
choose from someone or something
to make a selection from a group of persons or things. You will have to choose from these people only. Ron chose from the items in the catalog.
choose someone as something
to select someone to be something. We will choose her as our representative. I chose Sam as my assistant.
choose someone or something for something
to select someone or something for a particular purpose, office, title, etc. I chose red for the color or the carpet. I will choose Alice for office manager.
choose something for someone
to select something for someone, perhaps as a gift. I will probably choose flowers for your mother. I chose a funny card for his birthday.
choose (up) sides
to select from a group to be on opposing sides for a debate, fight, or game. (Fixed order.) Let's choose up sides and play basketball. The children chose up sides and began the game.
nothing to choose from
no choice; no choice in the selection; not enough of something to make a choice. I went to the store looking for new shoes, but there was nothing to choose from. By the time I got around to selecting a team of helpers, there was nothing to choose from.
pick and choose
to choose very carefully from a number of possibilities; to be selective. You must take what you are given. You cannot pick and choose. Meg is so beautiful. She can pick and choose from a whole range of boyfriends.
pick and choose
to take only what you want from a group You cannot pick and choose which rules to accept and which to ignore.
Select players and form sides for a game or team, as in Jean was always afraid she'd be last when it was time to choose up. [First half of 1900s]
pick and choose
Select with great care, as in John and Kate loved to go to the pastry shop, especially if they had time to pick and choose . Despite its redundancy ( pick and choose are synonyms), this phrase has survived since the 1400s.
To select players and form sides, teams, or some other group for a game or competition: The two captains chose up sides for the baseball game.
cannot choose but
Can only do; cannot do otherwise: We cannot choose but to observe the rules.
pick and choose
To select with great care.