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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The 25-year-old Saints player said: "It hasn't been a tough week, but things have happened that people might have thought would have taken our eye off the ball.
American Dynasty tells us something deeply troubling is occurring in America, tells us that we have taken our eye off the ball and allowed something fundamentally terrible to happen with the ascendancy of a powerful crime family.