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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CHRIS HUGHTON believes the reality of life at the top for clubs like Brighton means they have to pick and choose their battles.
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. ( ANI )
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. Maintaining a vice like grip on an employee's life is less important right now than addressing the ongoing move towards Emiratisation.
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. You can praise this as idealism, but it often looks like self-indulgence.
Reporters filing Defense Department FOIA requests should pick and choose their battles. Requests for information about ongoing military operations are a waste of time.
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.
MARK MISKIMMIN admits 18th Newtownabbey will choose their battles wisely this season as they look to maximise their chances of promotion from Division 1C.