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.
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I took my eye off the ball and my form suffered quite a bit, so there is no way I am going to get myself into that again.
I took my eye off the ball for a split second, it took a poor bounce, and I didn't get my body behind it.
The former Liverpool keeper said: "I took my eye off the ball.
I don't know if he (Johnson) hit my arm or I just took my eye off the ball.
I took my eye off the ball and literally lost everything - my house, my job, everything," he said.
Mr Harpoth said: "We have been doing well in Dublin, but I took my eye off the ball in England and Denmark and we had losses.