pick/choose your moment

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pick (one's) moment

To thoughtfully and prudently decide the best moment to act. Sometimes used ironically to suggest the opposite. I suggest picking your moment before you ask the boss for a raise. Wow, she broke up with him on his birthday? She really knows how to pick her moment.
See also: moment, pick

pick/choose your ˈmoment

carefully choose the right time to do something: I wanted to make sure she agreed, so I picked my moment, when she was in a good mood. ♢ (ironic) You told her you wanted a divorce two days after her operation! You really picked your moment, didn’t you?
See also: choose, moment, pick
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Choose your moment carefully - the business you work for is unlikely to give you more money if they are going through financial difficulties, so timing is everything.
It is, of course, wise to choose your moment carefully.
Choose your moment of indulgence carefully from; an impulsive snack-on-the-go, a breakfast treat sprinkled on yoghurt or cereal, an added crunch to your fruit salad.
That represented a step up on his maiden form and, having started a well-backed third favourite there, he is likely to attract plenty of interest getting 15lb from likely main market rival Choose Your Moment.
8 Choose your moment with care: If your partner has had a stressful week or is worried about something, take him away from the situation -perhaps a romantic break a way.
Ask him about his feelings - obviously choose your moment. Don't do it when you are disagreeing about something.
To vote, log on to mirror.co.uk/ goldenjoystickawards where you can watch video clips to help jog your memory and choose your moment of the year.
I advise you tell him, but choose your moment. Do it when his "friend" is asleep rather than ready to rock.
Choose your moment and start by saying what you like about your sex life and suggest some additions that would make it even better.
9 Choose your moment. The best times to ask are after the company has announced good financial results, before next year's budget is finalised or after you have just had a successful project come in.
"You're trying to get that look of love, so you have to choose your moment. You have maybe half a second to get it exactly right."
"People will give a manager plenty of opportunities to crack the whip so it's best to pick and choose your moments. You don't have to dish out a punishment very often before everyone gets the message.
But Ferguson, writing in his latest book 'Leading', said: "People will give a manager plenty of opportunities to crack the whip, so it's best to pick and choose your moments. You don't have to dish out a punishment very often before everyone gets the message.