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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City clearly didn't rate Roberto Mancini's man-management skills - quite rightly, in my book - and the Italian was guilty of taking his eye off the ball in the middle third of last season.
20 (ANI): Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina has admitted to taking his eye off the ball that ensured the club's defeat against Sunderland on Saturday.
Strachan's predecessor Martin O'Neill was accused of taking his eye off the ball when Hoops were beaten 1-0 by Super Caley in 2003.
The United boss is already formulating his plans for next season but he insists he is not taking his eye off the ball.
But if the public hoopla that stirs up means taking his eye off the ball, it is a cause for public concern.
Fenton's initial reaction after the incident was to acknowledge to Akram that he had been fault in turning his head away and taking his eye off the ball.
One institutional source says, "He has made a series of mistakes; first of all, just taking his eye off the ball a couple of years ago and getting complacent.
Switched to fencing, Smad Place went off the 1-2 favourite to make a winning debut at Huntingdon in November, and had the race under lock and key when taking his eye off the ball and hitting the last, unseating Robert Thornton (right).