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(one's) mission in life

The ultimate goal or purpose toward which one strives; one's reason or motivation to continue existing, operating, or working. Top-notch customer service is our mission in life, so if you are unsatisfied with your experience with us, we will refund 100% of your payment. Bruce's mission in life has been to serve justice to those who evade the law.
See also: life, mission

a man/woman on a mission

A person who is fiercely determined to do or get what they want. Janet stormed into work like a woman on a mission, heading straight into her boss's office to demand a raise in her salary. When my boyfriend decides he wants to buy something, he turns into a man on a mission.
See also: man, mission, on, woman

a man/woman with a mission

A person who is fiercely determined to do or get what they want. Janet stormed into work like a woman with a mission, heading straight into her boss's office to demand a raise in her salary. When my boyfriend decides he wants to buy something, he turns into a man with a mission.
See also: man, mission, woman

mission accomplished

A clichéd phrase said upon the successful completion of a project, task, assignment, milestone, etc. Well everyone, our app has reached 1 million downloads. Mission accomplished! If your goal was to annoy the heck out of all your friends, then mission accomplished.

mission creep

The gradual expansion or widening in scope of a project, action, or task, especially a military operation, beyond its initial goal or objective. Congress is wary of granting the president's request for military authority in the region, fearing a repeat of the mission creep that plagued his last war effort.
See also: creep, mission

up to (one's) neck in alligators

business adage So overcome or preoccupied by various tangential worries, problems, or tasks that one loses sight of the ultimate goal or objective. The full expression is some variation of "When you are up to your neck in alligators, it's easy to forget that the goal was to drain the swamp." I've spent so much time dealing with various infrastructure problems for my new business that I've had no time to actually develop our product properly. I guess it's easy to forget that when up to your neck in alligators, the mission was to drain the swamp.
See also: alligator, neck, up
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mission in life

one's purpose in life; the reason for which one lives. Bob's mission in life is to make money. My mission in life is to help people live in peace.
See also: life, mission
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

ˌmission acˈcomplished

used when you have successfully completed what you have had to do: Mission accomplished. Let’s go and have a drink.
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