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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This time, it was beyond her, and maybe beyond the world record itself, but an achievement she hopes can inspire more girls in the country to pick up football, pick their battles and go for their dreams.
WARWICKSHIRE must pick their battles as the club is unable to fight on all three fronts.
He advised the PH government to pick their battles and be guided and always abide by the nation's foundational principles.
If England are to get the best from him in the coming years they will need to monitor him closely and pick their battles. Australia's management of Ryan Harris' late career should be the template.
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.
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. "They can't filibuster everything, and it seems doubtful Yucca rises to such a threshold."
In order to get along, families have to pick their battles. Parents can't object to everything, and kids can't either.
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.