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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Keeping to the keto plan can be challenging, according to Kourtney, and she says that "you have to pick your battles," when it comes to what you choose to eat.
If family members say something about it, then it's up to you to pick your battles. If this is important to you, then absolutely fight them on it.
"I think that's the biggest thing is you just have to kind of pick your battles and you know for us, there's been races to this point throughout the year that we haven't been the fastest car at the end of practice or at the end of qualifying and you have to really just kind of sit back and make the most of what you have."
PICK YOUR BATTLES WITH SCHOOL JESSIE says inadequate government funding means schools finding it tough to properly support autistic pupils, so parents should make sure that what needs to happen is actually happening.
You just have to pick your battles. The owner of Neal McGee Custom Homes has about 14 acres at NE 36th Street and Interstate 35 that would be perfect for a 185-room hotel conference complex, he said.
I recommend, however, that you pick your battles. Make sure your political stance is consistent with the corporate brand and values, pay attention internally and don't go out of your way to alienate substantial chunks of the market.
Whether it's a question of tone, timing, or common sense, one thing is clear: If you're going to rely on them, you must pick your battles. If you don't, you just might be starting a battle of another sort, and you won't win.
Being a credible advocate does mean admitting rail isn't always the ideal solution; you must pick your battles wisely.
certainly hit the nail on the head with "soft touch." You have to pick your battles with a Chessie because you will never be the winner every time.
Councillor Ian White stressed: "You have to pick your battles. You can't fight them all." Councillor Mike George concurred.
"You have to pick your battles," he said, adding that this one was "taking away from the message" of his campaign.
Pick your battles carefully, with an eye to personal satisfaction.
I'm a fighter, but you have to pick your battles in life" Ukip leader Nigel Farage, after being accused of running away from fighting the Newark by-election "Jeremy Clarkson is not a racist.
I'm a fighter, I'm a warrior, but you have to pick your battles in life."