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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Burke's career has stuttered in recent seasons as big moves to Leipzig and West Brom failed to work out but he insists transfer fees totalling PS28m haven't been a millstone round his neck.
Am I alone in gaining a degree of satisfaction from the 72-year-old's revelation that Merry Xmas Everybody, released in 1973 and re-released every year since, has become something of a millstone round his neck? Why should we, the public, suffer alone?
MIRACULOUS PLACE TOWARDS the end of our walk, we pass the site of the oratory of St Piran who, legend has it, was pushed off a cliff in Ireland with a millstone round his neck, but floated away and washed up in Cornwall - giving his name to the area.
That night in Zagreb has almost become a millstone round his neck as it raised expectation levels.
Whether it will be a commitment he can deliver or a millstone round his neck could well be decided in the next few months.
Baddeley has to overcome another curse if he is to win the Masters - no Australian ever has - and the cocksure Melbourne boy will not be worrying about having the supposed par-three millstone round his neck, too.
Despite his reputation for performing miracles, he managed to offend the local chieftains and was flung into the sea with a large millstone round his neck. Miraculously he floated across the water and arrived in Cornwall at Perran Beach.
His public persona seems to have become a bit of a millstone round his neck."
Arriving in Scotland for a record pounds 12m was always going to be a millstone round his neck with the scoring exploits across town of Henrik Larsson adding to the expectations on the Rangers new boy.
While world record signing Rio Ferdinand claims his price tag will not be a millstone round his neck, Leeds United chairman Peter Ridsdale was last night insisting he had got 'a bargain' at pounds 18million
That Craig incident was brought to my attention in my teen years and from what I was told was like a millstone round his neck for the rest of his life.
Am I alone in gaining a degree of satisfaction from the 68-year-old's revelation that Merry Xmas Everybody, released in 1973 and re-released every year since, has become something of a millstone round his neck? Why should we, the public, suffer alone?
"Lumbering the kid with a millstone round his neck just isn't fair.
The group behind found Choi's ball in a bunker after he'd declared it lost and run up a triple-bogey, so all credit to the Korean for finishing sixth on Sunday with such a millstone round his neck.
WAYNE Clarke is too proud of his unique place in West Midlands football folklore to consider it a millstone round his neck.