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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!
See also: choose, evil, lesser, of, two

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

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.
See also: and, choose, pick
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While among those who chose prescription drugs/painkillers as the main threat to America's youth, 29% identified themselves as suburban dwellers, 24% as rural dwellers and 24% as urban dwellers.
When asked "In which lane do you think you ran fastest today," six chose Lane 1, seven chose Lane 4, and two chose Lane 8.
In this way the employer can keep more than if the employee were permitted to apply for reimbursement under either plan and chose to use the non-125 flexible benefit plan first.
I chose not to go, only because it was sixteen thousand dollars per year, and also because it was far from home, in Oklahoma.
Button, along with two-thirds of Northampton residents, chose an environmentally conscious provider that uses renewable resources and cleaner forms of conventional power such as natural gas.
Some of the candidates I chose had questionable backgrounds, but I was confident that my choices shared my political vision of the future and were the best qualified to make it a reality.
At our facility, we chose Data Med Clinical Support Services for our clinical computer system.
But God chose Israel, a wandering people in search of a homeland; God chose Moses, who couldn't speak clearly; God chose David, a conniving adulterer; God chose a manger in Bethlehem, a band of ignorant, smelly fishermen, with a tax collector thrown in for good measure; God chose a bloody cross on a hill outside the city as the ultimate "Means of Grace.
Our country's Founders chose the Electoral College system--rather than election by a direct popular vote--so that the President would be chosen in a calm, intelligent manner.
McKibben praises the Chinese emperors who chose to burn the great treasure fleet and destroy all records of the voyages.
Loretta Saunders, a 38-year-old divorcee from Atlanta, chose Kaiser Permanente's HMO plan because "I can't afford the premiums elsewhere, where I think the options would be better.
For example, if presented with a camper who is angry at her cabin mate for using her stuff, control theory would explain that the camper chose to feel angry as the best way she knew of getting back the power she lost by having her stuff used without her permission.
They chose John Quincy Adams over Andrew Jackson, even though Jackson won a majority of the popular vote.
Becker Rutledge, member of Marcus & Rutledge, LLC, in Metairie, Louisiana--the first CPA firm in Louisiana to become an LLC--was a sole proprietor who, after joining with John Marcus, chose to form an LLC for the ownership flexibility and the limited liability it provides members.