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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Thatcher wanted them to have a millstone round their neck called a mortgage.
Ministers are looking for ways they can dig themselves out of a hole after the policy of allowing voters to help decide what gets debated in the House of Commons became a millstone round their neck.
I'd hate to say because once you label players with a big price tag it's like a millstone round their neck.
ITV Digital have offered to pay pounds 50m over the next two seasons after poor viewing figures left the pounds 315m deal with the League as a millstone round their neck.
FOR most homebuyers a mortgage is a millstone round their neck for 25 long years.
"However, because there is a freshness here, they'll go out without a millstone round their necks."
That's before they even get a job or earn a penny: a huge millstone round their necks which they can't hope to shift in a hurry.
How on earth are you going to get the economy moving again when you are saddling small businesses with such a millstone round their necks?
The unsold sun hats, summer dresses and so on could be a millstone round their necks." ( ANI )
As Westminster considers its three neighbouring countries such a financial millstone round their necks the Conservatives might decide to free themselves of them and save even more money!
Until the departure of Gus Poyet to Spurs, it seemed Leeds were unbeatable and capable of sailing back to the Championship even with a 15-point millstone round their necks. Now I'm not so sure.
It's nothing but a financial millstone round their necks. There are loads of private homes to rent just now, most at very competitive prices.
Saints haven't won the cup since 1961 and it's become a millstone round their necks.
"Access are there to provide a lifeboat - not another millstone round their necks." The Access loan consultants are available from 9am-9pm Monday Friday and from 11am5pm on weekends