Took their eyes off the ball - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
take (one's) eye off the ball (redirected from took their eyes off the ball)
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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Maybe Immaculata took their eyes off the ball
a bit, but they're a strong side and I'm sure this will still have dented their pride.
SIR - I was greatly amused by Irish betting firm Paddy Power giving a "justice refund" following the Mike Phillips try when the officials took their eyes off the ball
Yet in the race for profits, big banks took their eyes off the ball
and got burned.
But they took their eyes off the ball
this time and it looks as if we dodged a bullet.