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Up to (one's) neck in alligators

business adage The full expression is some variation of: "When you are up to your neck in alligators, it's easy to forget that the goal was to drain the swamp." It is easy to be so overcome or preoccupied by various tangential worries, problems, or tasks that one loses sight of the ultimate goal or objective. I've spent so much time dealing with various infrastructure problems for my new business that I've had no time to actually develop our product properly. I guess it's easy to forget, when up to your neck in alligators, that the mission is to drain the swamp.
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later, alligator

A childish way of saying goodbye, for now. Often responded to with "in a while, crocodile." A: "OK, I've got to go, kiddo—later, alligator!" B: "In a while, crocodile! Come home soon!"
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see you later, alligator

A childish way of saying goodbye, for now. Often responded to with "in a while, crocodile." A: "OK, I've got to go, kiddo—see you later, alligator!" B: "In a while, crocodile! Come home soon!"
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slang Remnants from a tire's tread, as found discarded on a roadway. So called because the treads resemble the scales of an alligator. Whoa, watch out for that alligator in the middle of the road!

See you later, alligator,

 and Later, alligator.
Inf. Good-bye. (Sometimes the reply is After while(, crocodile.)) Bob: See you later, alligator. Jane: After while, crocodile. Bob: Bye, Tom. Tom: See you later, alligator. Bob: Later.
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and gator
n. a long, heavy, black segment of the outside of a tire, usually a truck tire, found on the highway. We dodged off onto the shoulder to avoid running over an alligator. A gator bashed in the bottom of my gas tank.

See you later, alligator

interj. Good-bye. (From the 1930s. Answered with After while, crocodile.) TOM: Bye. BILL: See you later, alligator. BILL: See you later, alligator. TOM: After while, crocodile.
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See you later, alligator

Bye! The title of a 1950s rock-'n'-roll smash hit by Bill Haley and His Comets, the phrase was already in use, especially in the South. For a decade or more, hep/hip/with-it cats and chicks ended conversations with the phrase. The standard reply was the song's next line: “after a while, crocodile.”
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References in classic literature ?
"It isn't an alligator," said the Doctor--"it's a crocodile."
But I understand there are deep pools of water in the land where we are going, and in them lives a fish that has a hide like an alligator and a jaw like a shark.
Authorities in Chicago were able to find an alligator that had eluded them for several days in one of the city's lagoons.
Dozens of people gathered at the Humboldt Park Lagoon Wednesday to watch as efforts resumed to capture an alligator that had been spotted in the water the day before.
Each permit includes two CITES tags, each of which is good for the taking of an alligator. Even though alligator populations in Florida are considered recovered from critically low populations in the '60s and early '70s, the species is still tracked under the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES), the international agreement to ensure that trade in wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
"Never insult an alligator until after you have crossed the river." (1)
THE family of a boy killed by an alligator at Disney World have told of their devastation at his death.
Once its victim is dead, an alligator may not eat immediately but store it in an underwater den.
Watermelons are not generally part of an alligator's diet."
An alligator's lifespan is estimated to be 50 years or more.
This story explains how the alligator got his smile, and why frogs stop singing their loud songs when an alligator is near.
This new series was made to construct buzz across the upcoming PGA Tour, Zurich Classic of New Orleans, where an alligator famously wandered onto the course during last year s games.
Petersburg, Fla., wrote that the mystery was solved when Elliot Cummings reported that he had shipped an alligator back to a friend in Ware during his 1874 vacation in Jacksonville, Fla.