pick (one's) battle(s)

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pick (one's) battle(s)

To 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 where one has a greater chance of success. As a parent, you learn to pick your battles with your kids so you don't run yourself ragged with nagging them. The best politicians pick their battles wisely: if one becomes too embroiled in petty debates, one never gets anything done.
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To realise this opportunity we must pick our battles.
It means we'll need to pick our battles and our candidates.
Still the truckers' association has "not been engaged" on relatively small tax increase proposals in the past, "because we have to pick our battles.
If we're going to berate Blair, let's pick our battles - like health, education, crime etc.
There is indeed some serious suppression of free speech occurring in this country and we should pick our battles carefully.
We'll just do the best we can offensively and defensively, pick our battles and have our hands full.
I believe the county will approve this, and we have to pick our battles.
This transition period is a time to be extremely focused, pick our battles carefully, conserve resources and think creatively.