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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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Mission help others, you can donate food, toiletries, clothes, blankets, money and a variety of other goods.
There are always challenges along the way, but the battalion has somehow managed to make the mission happen and to take care of the people along the way.
Black (2005) wanted to understand and implement his university's mission into a mathematics classroom.
In my judgment, the project to bring about an interface between Christianity and Islam does not conform to the classic definition of the global mission of the church.
The Belgian Mission took 17,000 s/f on the 47th floor while the Spanish Mission took the same amount of space on the second floor.
The Guarani missions lasted approximately 200 years, succumbing finally in the turmoil of the independence period.
At our urging, the Security Council has requested the secretary general to review the mission in Western Sahara.
Having the preservation values already articulated in the vision, mission, and/or values statements strengthens the application.
Keep in mind that along with a business or succession plan, mission statements should be updated as your company evolves.
Coleman Miller of the University of Maryland at College Park, who is not'associated with the mission.
Mission statement #2: "--reaffirms its commitment to educating a diverse community of women at the highest level of academic excellence and to fostering the alliance of liberal arts education with purposeful engagement in the world.
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.
And, believe it or not, that firestorm is ignited by a mission statement.
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