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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Sony Movie Channel is Offering a Customized Online Search Tool that Personalizes the Military Films Presented Based on the Viewer's Mood and Helps Them Pick Their Battle
But those politicians who continue to associate with the Christian right will have to pick their battles more carefully and work behind the scenes to block progress on gay rights in the Senate.
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As parents do at home, middle school administrators are wise to pick their battles.
Lichtenstein said Alarcon and other Democrats will have to pick their battles because the governor has too much ability to command voter attention and wage ballot campaigns for them to fight him on every front.
BIOLOGICAL parents learn to pick their battles with their children and they may have a tendency to simply let some things go, so your boyfriend isn't that unusual.
In order to get along, families have to pick their battles.
Scribbler hears it is a prominent Newcastle councillor who caters for the account's sizeable following (some 204 people), but whoever it is really needs to pick their battles.
They just preferred to pick their battles and were more interested in the school syllabus or choice of my reading material.
Ultimately, protesters should pick their battles more carefully.
While these are ideal lighting scenarios, Gallin urged parents to pick their battles wisely.
Kearny consultants, but governments and their high-tech players will need to pick their battles carefully.
Modern cities have to be globally competitive, and have to pick their battles like never before.
The FA need to stand up to the Premier League - but they must also learn how to pick their battles.