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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Taking your eye off the ball when viewing a potential home could cost buyers up to a whopping pounds 10,000.
I think you start taking your eye off the ball if you make statements and look too far into the future.
THE perils of taking your eye off the ball were highlighted as Arsenal went to the top of the table and the head of the Premiership market yesterday, writes Bruce Millington.