hill to die on
An allusion to the military practice of capturing/holding a hill (high ground), no matter the cost or (lack of) benefit, as in the Battle of Hamburger Hill or Last Stand Hill.
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- (idiomatic) An issue to pursue with wholehearted conviction and/or single-minded focus, with little or no regard to the cost.
- 2010, Deborah Smith Pegues, Ricky Temple, Why Smart People Make Dumb Choices, Harvest House Publishers, published 2010, →ISBN, page 49:
- Though I simply apologized and told him his ranting wasn't necessary. He made a bad decision. I made a good one. As livid as I was, I realized this situation was not a hill to die on.
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Usually used in the negative, as in “I strongly disagree with their decision, but it’s not a hill I’m willing to die on”, or as a question such as “If you do this, many people will get angry (at you). Do you really want to die on that hill?”.