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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Much has been made of Demba Ba's impact in Istanbul but the defence has also been relatively solid in away matches and not much should be read into Thursday's 2-2 draw at Asteras Tripoli considering Besiktas led 2-0 before taking their eye off the ball.
GREG TANSEY insists Inverness will not let their continuing cup successes lead to them taking their eye off the ball in the league.
I have no worries about anyone taking their eye off the ball this weekend.
The Hoops defender insists there's no chance of his team-mates taking their eye off the ball and looking ahead to the second leg against Shakter Karagandy because the match against league leaders Inverness is too important.
One-day coach Ashley Giles, who has been drafted in to help the Test squad prepare, has told the players to ignore the headlines around the Australian team and concentrate on their own jobs, and has cautioned them from taking their eye off the ball.
Complacency looks the biggest danger to Arsenal but it is hard to see them taking their eye off the ball against Cardiff, who are gaining a reputation for upsetting the big teams.
RUSSELL DUNCAN has told Dundee there is no chance of champions Caley taking their eye off the ball at today's title party - as dumping the Dark Blues remains a top priority.
However, Scotland aren't quite assured of a play-off place so there is no danger of them taking their eye off the ball tonight.
The Scottish Cup winners travel north on Sunday in the fifth round but Beasley insists nobody at the club is taking their eye off the ball.
We can see Torquay taking their eye off the ball today but this is a big match for Oxford, who have little in the league to play for.