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.
See also: millstone, neck, round

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
References in classic literature ?
She is a millstone round my neck, with all her virtues.
Five minutes ago you were like a millstone round my neck. Now you're a tower of strength: a consort battleship.
He said: "The PFI deal is a millstone round my neck. I have to set aside PS4.3m a year that could be spent on providing services."
"Fifteen years ago I'd have said Paul was a millstone round my neck. The role opened a lot of doors but also closes them.
"The hundred was well overdue and not getting one for a while had become a bit of a millstone round my neck."
"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.
"That was out of my control and the price certainly hasn't been a millstone round my neck."
"In all it's about a quarter of a million words and its become a bit of a labour of love, or rather a millstone round my neck," he smiles.