Taking their eyes off the ball - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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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.
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With Wigan already assured an FA Cup semi-final berth, and only Millwall standing in their way of a final appearance, they could be excused for taking their eyes off the ball
Kilmarnock v Celtic have followed their last three Champions League matches with two domestic losses and a draw, and you can't escape the fact that they seem to be taking their eyes off the ball
in the SPL.
Now the Scouse duo - known in racing circles as the Macca and Growler partnership - won't be taking their eyes off the ball
when they play for Manchester City against former club Liverpool on Saturday.