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Up to (one's) neck in alligators

business adage The full expression is some variation of: "When you are up to your neck in alligators, it's easy to forget that the goal was to drain the swamp." It is easy to be so overcome or preoccupied by various tangential worries, problems, or tasks that one loses sight of the ultimate goal or objective. I've spent so much time dealing with various infrastructure problems for my new business that I've had no time to actually develop our product properly. I guess it's easy to forget, when up to your neck in alligators, that the mission is to drain the swamp.
See also: alligator, neck, up

a man/woman on a mission

A person who is fiercely determined to do or get what they want. Janet stormed into work like a woman on a mission, heading straight into her boss's office to demand a raise in her salary. When my boyfriend decides he wants to buy something, he turns into a man on a mission.
See also: man, mission, on, woman

a man/woman with a mission

A person who is fiercely determined to do or get what they want. Janet stormed into work like a woman with a mission, heading straight into her boss's office to demand a raise in her salary. When my boyfriend decides he wants to buy something, he turns into a man with a mission.
See also: man, mission, woman

mission creep

The gradual expansion or widening in scope of a project, action, or task, especially a military operation, beyond its initial goal or objective. Congress is wary of granting the president's request for military authority in the region, fearing a repeat of the mission creep that plagued his last war effort.
See also: creep, mission

mission accomplished

A clichéd phrase said upon the successful completion of a project, task, assignment, milestone, etc. Well everyone, our app has reached 1 million downloads. Mission accomplished! If your goal was to annoy the heck out of all your friends, then mission accomplished.

mission in life

one's purpose in life; the reason for which one lives. Bob's mission in life is to make money. My mission in life is to help people live in peace.
See also: life, mission

ˌmission acˈcomplished

used when you have successfully completed what you have had to do: Mission accomplished. Let’s go and have a drink.
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Let me give you a couple of hints: The first mission statement is from a regional public in the Midwest.
Rescue Combat Air Patrol (RESCAP) was a very important mission and a real morale booster for aircrews.
The lead paper on the topic of mission and the Bible is by a Canadian, Rev.
Now I know what you're thinking-- mission statements are not worth the paper they're written on, right?
EARLY LAST YEAR, MISSION BUFETE Constructors was on a roll.
Indeed, the TEI Board's discussion of the IRS mission statement was exceptionally stimulating and productive, and I believe it was positively affected by the experience so many Board members have had in contributing to their own companies' mission statements.
A key aspect of going on mission means reaching out to others and entering worlds--be they neighborhoods, villages, or cultures--that are different from our own.
An IT service management (ITSM) service first launched in 2004, the HP Mission Critical Partnership service helps IT organizations deliver on their most important service-level and performance commitments and is a key element of the HP Business Continuity and Availability (http://www.
In past decades, if a local First Baptist Church wanted to be involved in missions in Brazil, the members would contact the Foreign Mission Board, which would in turn put them in touch with an area director.
Barnicki and Ramirez have been working for more than four months on a 4-by-8-foot historical reconstruction of Mission San Fernando.
The natives, particularly the Tepehuan and Tarahumara, also resisted the mission regime and the exploitation through the labor drafts.
A parish of 2,500 members, the mission celebrates mass twice a day Monday thru Saturday and five times on Sunday.
Mission, quickly fired off an e-mail to me pointing out that the mission's kitchens serve healthy, hearty meals, not gruel.
A university's mission statement is a way to start the intellectual conversation about the purpose of the university and the promise the university is making to students and other stakeholders.
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