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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
See also: choose, people, thing, two

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.
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choose someone as something

to select someone to be something. We will choose her as our representative. I chose Sam as my assistant.
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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.
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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.
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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.
See also: choose, side

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.
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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.
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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.
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choose up

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]
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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.
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choose up

v.
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.
See also: choose, up

cannot choose but

Can only do; cannot do otherwise: We cannot choose but to observe the rules.
See also: but, cannot, choose

pick and choose

To select with great care.
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More than thirty that limit a woman's right to choose are circulating in that legislature.
These parents are encouraged (sometimes pressured) to choose some form of licensed child care that is subsidized with public funds.
At some point I choose from among the vast array of possibles that my freedom is, which I signify as my "original choice" or "project.
Wheat Chex can be replaced with any vegan fortified cereal; however, women need to choose a cereal providing at least 20% of the DV for iron or more per cup.
However, even in the secondary phase, officers can choose to "initiate some action to remove or reduce" the negative influences of stress by employing various coping methods.
The first asked the sprinters if they would prefer to choose their own lane in the finals of a track meet.
Non-key employees who receive health insurance coverage through their spouse at no or little cost (and who previously permitted their employer to provide what amounted to duplicate coverage) are also likely to choose a benefit other than health insurance.
It is important to choose photos and video clips that feature people who best match the marketplace's perceptions of camp folks.
In fact, I can choose to take the bus and still make it to class on time.
Plan service providers will collect demographic information about your employees and other information about your business, then sit down with you to help you choose your plan's investment options.
Stay nearby or choose an ecologically-sound destination or method of travel.
Choose taste, choose sanity, choose to escape from GT2, choose club- cred, choose checking out Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh on the decks next door, choose dancing for 10 minutes before realising that his choice of music isn't all that great, choose laughing at the fact that he's old and bald, choose running out to the nearest bar dispensing vodka cocktails, choose drunkenness, choose tiredness, choose your seat on the next available bus home, choose waking up next morning hoping the whole night was all a bad, bad dream.
Choose getting nicked and a five-hour stretch in the cells
1) It may simply state a tautology, that is, say the same thing in two different ways, that is, state that to choose honestly is to choose in good conscience.