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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If England are to get the best from him in the coming years they will need to monitor him closely and pick their battles.
Importantly, Bennett also advises women to pick their battles wisely.
Labour are having to split their resources - while the orange clad army get to pick their battles in one, huge and crucial area.
Prominent lawyer Mai Chen, who sits on the board of the BNZ and has just launched the SuperDiverse Women initiative, says it is important for CEOs to pick their battles, remembering they are the CEO of a company, not just speaking as an individual, and they are not activists.
It's "doubtful anybody's going to fall on a sword to protect Yucca," said Barnett, adding that Democrats will have to pick their battles.
In order to get along, families have to pick their battles.
Scribbler hears it is a prominent Newcastle councillor who caters for the account's sizeable following (some 204 people), but whoever it is really needs to pick their battles.
They just preferred to pick their battles and were more interested in the school syllabus or choice of my reading material.
Ultimately, protesters should pick their battles more carefully.
While these are ideal lighting scenarios, Gallin urged parents to pick their battles wisely.
Modern cities have to be globally competitive, and have to pick their battles like never before.
The FA need to stand up to the Premier League - but they must also learn how to pick their battles.
But we have yet to voice our concerns about sundry everyday quibbles in a churlish city: ruffians who could beat you up if you told them they had better queued up before boarding Metro trains; motorists who think traffic lights are a waste of time, speedsters menacingly weaving through the roads, policemen who don't speak a sentence with courtesy, young people whose lingo is abusive, and men always ready to pick their battles.
So, the team is optimistic that it can make a difference, though they do know it is important to pick their battles wisely.
As nonprofit organizations with limited funds, groups like the Pacific Legal Foundation and the Institute for Justice must pick their battles, and do so in ways that will most effectively raise the relevant constitutional issues both in the courts and in the eyes of the public.