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

take your eye off the ball

If you take your eye off the ball, you stop paying attention for a moment to something you are doing, and as a result something bad happens. You can't take your eye off the ball for a moment on this project. Compare with keep your eye on the ball.
See also: ball, eye, off, take
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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.