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have bigger fish to fryand have other fish to fry; have more important fish to fry
Fig. to have other things to do; to have more important things to do. I can't take time for your problem. I have other fish to fry. I won't waste time on your question. I have bigger fish to fry.
milestone in someone's lifeand important milestone in someone's life
a very important event or point in one's life. (From the [former] stone markers at the side of a road showing the distance to or from a place.) Joan's wedding was a milestone in her mother's life. The birth of a child is a milestone in every parent's life.
See also: life
have bigger fish to fryalso have other fish to fry
to have something more important or more interesting to do I couldn't spend a lot of time on the problem – I had other fish to fry.
have bigger/other fish to fry
to have something more important or more interesting to do I couldn't waste my time trying to reach an agreement with them, I had other fish to fry.