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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So he could be doing what leaders everywhere must do: picking his battles and setting his priorities.
But speaking in Doha at the start of the Qatar Open on Monday, the world number one said he was also targeting the lesser trophies on the ATP circuit andndash; after picking his battles according to the demands on his body last time out.
Entering his fifth season playing on Sundays with the San Francisco 49ers, the former Oregon safety now talks about respecting his opponents and picking his battles.
During his brief political career, Schwarzenegger has shown himself to be careful in picking his battles - but relentless once he sets a goal.