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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While the SNP candidate for Gordon takes his eye off the ball to plan his book tour or visit London, Scottish Lib Dems are making the positive case for an PS800million boost to the Scottish NHS.
VILLA ace Marc Albrighton never takes his eye off the ball - even when his girlfriend is in labour.
The 21-year-old built the state-of-the-art terrain at his sprawling Co Down home to make sure he never takes his eye off the ball.
The USA's soft equaliser against England now joins a dismal catalogue of goalkeeping howlers destined to be replayed every time an England goalkeeper takes his eye off the ball.
DAVID Beckham takes his eye off the ball at a basketball game - and plants it firmly on a young cheerleader's derriere.
CHRIS COLEMAN hopes Micah Richards' international adventure will mean he takes his eye off the ball - at least for today's match against Fulham.