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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I think, for whatever reason, we took our eye off the ball.
Then we took our eye off the ball, we became complacent, politics started to take over and, at this moment at the FA, we do not have one formal committee whose sole occupation is to deal with either youth development or coach education.
We took our eye off the ball with what we had been working on.
We took our eye off the ball and allowed others to create an atmosphere in which we were convinced the Georgian game was less important than it really was.
k is also further proof, as if we needed more, that we took our eye off the ball with Saddam Hussein, and that one does not fecklessly start new wars when others are unfinished.
Nobody can go away and say we took our eye off the ball or our foot off the pedal.
But I think we took our eye off the ball and Iraq distracted us.
We took our eye off the ball and Connacht walked off the birthday cake.
There was a lot of backslapping and maybe we took our eye off the ball.
Strauss hit back: "Geoffrey knows a lot about the game, so I'm not going to say he's wrong, but we don't feel as if we took our eye off the ball.