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(important) milestone in (one's) life

An exceptionally momentous, significant, or impactful moment, situation, or event in one's life. There is no milestone in your life that will ever compare with the birth of your child. I knew even then that that conversation would prove to an important milestone in my life.
See also: life, milestone

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 more important fish to fry

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

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, milestone

your call is important to us

One of the frequent maddening phrases one hears over the phone when one is put on hold and is asked to wait “for the next available agent/operator/representative.” It is often augmented with “We thank you for your patience,” a quality that the person on hold is generally running out of. It doesn’t seem to matter whether the call concerns an order, complaint, or a question; allegedly all calls are equally important. These usages date from the late 1900s, when waiting for calls to be put through became a kind of art form. Laura Penny used it as the title of her 2005 book, Your Call Is Important to Us: The Truth about Bullshit.
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But they also want to see leaders who look comfortable with maintaining and, more importantly, using America's military might.
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Kleinheidt was honored for his many contributions to the synthetic rubber industry, most importantly to the IISRR Prior to his retirement in 1996, Kleinheidt had been employed by Bayer AG for 32 years.
But we ultimately only award contracts based on mutual trust, merit, and most importantly, how suppliers will benefit our customers--not our company.
Importantly, this trade relationship directly supports a total of more than seven million jobs in the U.S.
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But it is not clear how t his affected family life or relations, since Goody seems to believe that nuclear and extended kin relations figured importantly in both pre-industrial and industrial society.
The story skillfully draws on elements of religious conflict, political repression, greed, hubris and, most importantly, the determination of the serfs and slaves to liberate themselves.
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