choose (one's) battles (wisely)

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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.
See also: battle, choose
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I think next year I will pick and choose my battles, but I still want to play as much football as I can.
But if I could control everyone I wouldn't have any time for myself - I have to choose my battles.
I would choose my battles more wisely than what the bridesmaids' dresses look like.
I have to choose my battles carefully and even at that, my losses on the board outweigh my outright wins when it comes to pushing my ideals as a liberal-to-moderate Mexican-American woman.
I have developed more patience with the children and now I choose my battles.
Madonna says she "sometimes" argues back with Ritchie but adds: "I have to pick and choose my battles.
Madonna said she "sometimes" tells him she can dress how she wants, but said: "I have to pick and choose my battles.