take (one's) eye off the ball

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take (one's) eye off the ball

To fail to remain focused on or motivated about some goal, objective, or matter at hand. You can't take your eye off the ball just before this merger deal is supposed to go through, not when there is so much at stake! I was on my way to earning my PhD, but I really took my eye off the ball toward the end of the program.
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For months now I've been focusing on Mathews," he added, "but it sounds as if he's taken his eye off the ball big time and begun thinking ahead to a clash with Amir.
But I still think Dave Jones should be doing better with what he has because I feel that he has taken his eye off the ball during the bad patch.
Add to that a manager who, for a variety of reasons, seems to have taken his eye off the ball, players not reacting to his leadership and a sequence of results that has the club heading in only one direction.
LOOKS like John Terry has taken his eye off the ball here and wandered into a cheap shop The Chelsea captain, who earns around [euro]200,000 a week, was spotted snapping up a basket full of Christmas goodies at the bargain store.
Failure at the Masters and the US Open - and whispers that he has taken his eye off the ball - will spur Woods (left) on.
LOOKS like John Terry has taken his eye off the ball here and wandered into a pound shop The Chelsea captain, who earns around PS170,000 a week, was spotted snapping up a basket full of Christmas goodies at the bargain store.
We had a meeting on Tuesday and I don't think he has taken his eye off the ball at all.
SUGGESTIONS that Rio Ferdinand has taken his eye off the ball when it comes to the game which pays his wages may be true - but surely his loss of form is well worth it when balanced against his outstanding contributions to journalism.