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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Full marks, however, for Wings' 1985 - a track no-one in the office could rememberIN 1990 Lone Justice songbird McKee topped the charts with Show Me Heaven and it's been a millstone round her neck ever since.
"She suddenly realised that it was a millstone round her neck and she could save loads and spend it on something else.
On one occasion Ammu loses her temper and calls her children a millstone round her neck. The children decide to protest and leave the house.