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.
See also: ball, eye, off, take
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Back then he admitted: "I might have taken my eye off the ball a little bit.
The 23-year-old said: "I might have taken my eye off the ball a bit.
I think I might have taken my eye off the ball a bit," said McIlroy after collapsing to a second round 79 in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
Adams said: "I've done it for the past two-and-a-half years but having become manager maybe I have taken my eye off the ball.