choose (one's) battles (wisely)

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choose (one's) battles (wisely)

To actively 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 in which one has a greater chance of success. As a parent, you learn to choose your battles with your kids so you don't run yourself ragged nagging them. The best politicians choose their battles wisely: if one becomes too embroiled in petty debates, one never gets anything done.
See also: battle, choose
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MARK MISKIMMIN admits 18th Newtownabbey will choose their battles wisely this season as they look to maximise their chances of promotion from Division 1C.
But the Republicans will need to choose their battles more carefully as they head towards 2016 elections.
She added that a person has to choose their battles.
Al-Shater said that even though the group does not go to Tahrir every time a movement calls for a protest, they respect their demands and rights to express themselves, but choose their battles.
In fashion disputes, designers tend to choose their battles carefully.
Leaving that aside for a second, Kipp thinks employers need to pick and choose their battles.
And while Arab officials choose their battles with each other, or at least choose to enter into them only according to their own interests, Arab sports teams never choose to confront each other, except in friendly matches devoid of competition to begin with.
Some purists equate political strategizing with selling out; they disdain exhortations to choose their battles.
Chances are the Brothers will be on their best behaviour to make sure they choose their battles wisely in the People's Assembly.
Reporters filing Defense Department FOIA requests should pick and choose their battles.
home market through the end of the decade, vendors must choose their battles carefully, and they must execute on existing opportunities with more targeted segmentation work.
Environmentalists have to choose their battles, and SGSA has focused its energies on Vancouver; but there remain the 21 billion gallons of raw sewage discharged annually by CRD.
home market through the end of the decade, vendors must choose their battles carefully, and they must execute on existing opportunities with more targeted segmentation work," said Scott Miller, senior industry analyst of Dataquest's Personal Computing program.