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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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.
Marketers should pick their battles very carefully when it comes to talking to customers via mobile and always remember the very personal nature of the medium," added Vratskides.
As nonprofit organizations with limited funds, groups like the Pacific Legal Foundation and the Institute for Justice must pick their battles, and do so in ways that will most effectively raise the relevant constitutional issues both in the courts and in the eyes of the public.
It's smarter for networks to pick their battles rather than to allow the Nielsen ratings folks to pick their battles for them.
Quiet leaders recognize that they must pick their battles, meaning those they care strongly about and are likely to see through to their conclusion--not just the ones in which they have the highest likelihood of winning.
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.
As parents do at home, middle school administrators are wise to pick their battles.