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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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TEI believes that the IRS's mission statement should include a reference to collecting the revenue because that is, truly, the core business of the IRS.
That may accurately sum up the feelings of many people who have been subjected to the misuse of the mission process.
But today the missions aren't exactly in turnkey condition.
Archaeologist Wade's detailed study begins with the establishment of the first missions in Coahuila in the mid-1670s in response, in part, to natives who worked on haciendas requesting settlement on new mission communities.
AU's Lynn has been invited to testify about concerns that the missions subsidy would run roughshod over the First Amendment principle of church-state separation.
Whether encouraging congregations to gear up for mission or exhorting their call committees to question all candidates on matters having to do with the vision and mission of the church, one finds a zeal to have gospel and mission central to the life of congregations.
The Missions to Seafarers is one of the oldest and largest service organizations for ship crews in the world.
German missions that will employ a reusable science satellite called Astro-SPAS.
NASA's GeneSat-1 Microsatellite Also Deployed During Mission --
Manuel Meno, the battalion's commander, to get his thoughts on the 832nd's mission and place within SDDC.
Finally, schools are also using co-curriculum ethics events to reinforce their institutional missions (Saavedra, 2004).
Congregational, Presbyterian, and Anglican missions in the Near East preferred to work with ancient Christian minority churches dispersed in the Muslim world, such as the Coptic and Syrian communities, seeking to bring about their renewal and to reform them along lines of the American Protestant vision.
In early 2006 Markman and Zimbaro represented the Belgian and Spanish missions in their move from the building to 1 DAG Hammarskjold Plaza at 885 Second Avenue.