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.
See also: millstone, neck, round
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"However, because there is a freshness here, they'll go out without a millstone round their necks."
How on earth are you going to get the economy moving again when you are saddling small businesses with such a millstone round their necks?
The unsold sun hats, summer dresses and so on could be a millstone round their necks." ( ANI )
And now the country has descended into chaos they are left with a millstone round their necks.
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