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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3 "The pound is a millstone round our neck" - Salmond's words when arguing in 1999 that the UK should join the Euro.
We're ready to move on, but this is now a millstone round our neck. We're hoping an auction sale means the end is in sight." ?The house is up for auction with Auction house Leeds on Wednesday, October 19.
``Our success last season is no millstone round our neck,'' he said.
MOST of us feel like slaves to our mortgage, that monthly millstone round our neck.
It would take about 20 minutes of Parliamentary time to repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and rid us of this millstone round our neck.
As you all TUCK into your oversize TURKEYs give a thought to many who will get their Christmas food from food BANKs after listening to George Osborne's budget statement that this country's debt will a millstone round our NECKs for 'years'.
They are structurally sound - yet we have to live with this millstone round our necks.
The money saved by getting rid of the Trident submarine millstone round our necks will allow us to build our own ships for our own purposes.
"We are still up for sale but we don't have that millstone round our necks that Rangers have and yet their fans were shouting at us about it.
Forget the Worthington Cup - I really believe that great day out has become a millstone round our necks. Just look at our points return since.
We joke about it being a millstone round our necks."
"If we take it over, it will be a millstone round our necks. If we don't, the county will replace it with a mobile library, which will cause difficulty for the elderly people in Corbridge and turn the clock back 40 years on village services." The issue is on the agenda at tomorrow night's parish council meeting, which county council representatives are expected to attend.
"We got away from the drop at the end but it was a millstone round our necks for a long time.