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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Having seen their main rivals for the All-Ireland crash and burn on Saturday, maybe Cork took their eye off the ball but they quickly had to refocus on the task in front of them as Roscommon made a real game of it for 45 minutes.
This country is in a worse state now than it has ever been because MPs took their eye off the ball whilst they were shoving their snouts in the trough.
But the Americans took their eye off the ball and invaded Iraq.
But the visitors then took their eye off the ball and enabled their Bradford hosts to draw level and spoil Moldgreen's final day.
Because they took their eye off the ball in their summer break, this overspend has grown rapidly.
GARY BREEN is cursing a TV crew who took their eye off the ball and condemned him to a three-match suspension.
When LaSalle purchased Jones Lang it was about 18 months where they really took their eye off the ball and their business suffered.
After appearing comfortable, Colwyn took their eye off the ball and allowed Frickley to grab an equaliser in the 42nd minute.
The board of Arnotts took their eye off the ball and neglected their core business and instead engaged in huge development projects on borrowed money.
BRYAN Sheehan thinks Kerry took their eye off the ball in the Munster final - and insists it won't happen when they meet Cork again tomorrow.
But they took their eye off the ball six minutes from time when Emmerson Boyce crossed and, despite heading off the line, Danny Coles could only watch in horror as Howard's header went in.
Mark Hughes' side, who drew the first leg 2-2, were bottom of the league with two points from their first four league games and Savage says they took their eye off the ball because of last season's sixth-place finish.
But he rejected former Test batting legend Geoff Boycott's charge that England took their eye off the ball and took victory for granted.
Manager Joe McKenna, however, could hardly have been pleased with their third quarter performance when, after having opened an 11 points advantage (1- 15 to 0-7) they took their eye off the ball and allowed Brian Dowling (2) and Conor Phelan to set up a tight finish with a hat-trick of goals.
We had three or four players who took their eye off the ball today, but you've got to give Gillingham credit.