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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.
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.
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.
your call is important to us
cliché A stock expression used by an automated voice service when a customer on the phone has been put on hold. Often used humorously or satirically. Please continue to hold. Your call is important to us. A sales representative will be with you as soon as possible. A: "God, the insurance company's customer service is so useless." B: "I know, right? Your whole house could have been blown over in a storm, and they would just be like, 'Your call is important to us.'"
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
have bigger fish to fryand 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.
milestone in someone's lifeand 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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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.
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer