a millstone round (one's) neck

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a millstone round (one's) neck

An extremely difficult or disadvantageous burden or hindrance. I wish I hadn't bought that house—the mortgage has been nothing but a millstone round my neck. Given the man's laundry list of scandals, he's proving to be quite a millstone round the candidate's neck.
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a millstone round your neck

a very severe impediment or disadvantage.
A millstone was a large circular stone used to grind corn. The phrase alludes to a method of executing people by throwing them into deep water with a heavy stone attached to them, a fate believed to have been suffered by several early Christian martyrs.
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The comic, whose Channel 4 chat show returns this week, says: "I've got to get the book finished, it's like a millstone round my neck. Lord Of The Rings didn't take this long!
"Pass The Dutchie isn't a millstone round my neck, I've heard so many happy stories about what people were doing when they first heard it so I always enjoy performing it."
By now the missing keys had become a millstone round my neck and whatever else I tried to think about, I found myself looking and searching.
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