pick (one's) battle(s)

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pick (one's) battle(s)

To choose not to participate in minor, unimportant, or overly difficult arguments, contests, or confrontations, saving one's strength instead for those that will be of greater importance or where one has a greater chance of success. As a parent, you learn to pick your battles with your kids so you don't run yourself ragged with nagging them. The best politicians pick their battles wisely: if one becomes too embroiled in petty debates, one never gets anything done.
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Vice President Leni Robredo explained her silence on controversial issues facing the administration on Thursday, declaring that she would rather 'keep my peace' and pick her battles than to hear detractors accuse her of itching to replace President Rodrigo Duterte.
But Suu Kyi the elected lawmaker is finding it a lot more difficult to pick her battles, and she's a lot more pragmatic when she does.