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have bigger fish to fry

To have more important or more interesting things to do or attend to. It's really not worth my time; I've got bigger fish to fry! I want Chris to help me with this project, but he claims he has bigger fish to fry right now.
See also: big, fish, fry, have

have bigger fish to fry

 and have other fish to fry; have more important fish to fry
Fig. to have other things to do; to have more important things to do. I can't take time for your problem. I have other fish to fry. I won't waste time on your question. I have bigger fish to fry.
See also: big, fish, fry, have

milestone in someone's life

 and important milestone in someone's life
a very important event or point in one's life. (From the [former] stone markers at the side of a road showing the distance to or from a place.) Joan's wedding was a milestone in her mother's life. The birth of a child is a milestone in every parent's life.
See also: life
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Do the most important things first," maintains Campbell.
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Perhaps the issue is not that important, but again, maybe it is.