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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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Importantly, the global pricing environment has been transformed from "dis-inflationary," to "re-flationary," to the current distinctly inflationary.
Most importantly, the Democrats might have steered themselves toward a sounder alternative to the Bush hawks' policies on Iraq.
Just as importantly, perhaps, BankBoston contributed two fast-growing nonbank businesses.
More importantly, however, they enhance the credibility of EUCOM's HA staff officers with their country team counterparts.
Once they do that and begin to consider what it takes to decrease process cycle times, they will begin to see their way to the future of competitiveness in American business generally and, most importantly, of the metalcasting industry and their own companies.
Disability differences, traumatic or developmental, can certainly be understood from an ecological perspective that includes the reality of the physical differences and their adaptive limitations but as importantly their genesis in social and economic environments.
More importantly, they have a perceptible mass -- a sense of solidity and depth, visible at key junctions and in window reveals, providing a backdrop for lighter steel elements fixed to the facades.
More importantly, the relationship between the police department and the neighborhood has greatly improved.
101(a) and, more importantly, whether the policies are "life insurance contracts" as defined in Sec.
Importantly, its clinical benefit seems to be independent of the presence of mutations in the Bcr-Abl tyrosine kinase domain, thus offering a potential therapeutic alternative for this patient population.
Monsanto sued Scruggs, bringing claims of patent infringement, conversion and unjust enrichment; importantly, all intentional torts.
More importantly, over the past seven years she has broadened the firm's scope of work and spectrum of clients.
More importantly, we were able to find who's available with the best driver skills.
More importantly, the shared bandwidth discourages any sizeable configuration.
More importantly, however, these stories--like a great deal of non-speculative African diasporic fiction--question or rewrite African history, and the history of Africans in the Americas.