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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 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." It is easy to be so overcome or preoccupied by various tangential worries, problems, or tasks that one loses sight of the ultimate goal or objective. 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, when up to your neck in alligators, that the mission is to drain the swamp.
See also: alligator, neck, up

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

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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Between 1976 and 1990, no moon missions were carried out by any nation.
More Slovaks involved in the mission The owner of the simulated space station in Hawaii decided to enable the research on missions to the Moon, or Mars, after NASA made a decision not to continue in its missions this year."I plan to continue linking my activities and my research with Slovakia," said Musilovaacute, as quoted in the press release.
During 2018, as the deputy minister said, a number of import missions were organized from Poland, China, Russia and the UAE.
During 2017 you can expect to see a number of missions launch, including (http://www.ibtimes.com/spacex-iss-cargo-mission-nasa-will-carry-3d-upgrade-space-station-microscope-2546355) experiments to the space station .
As noted earlier, mission-challenged organizations lack energy in their missions, their people, and their initiatives.
These two main fruits made Edinburgh 1910 the symbolic beginning of the ecumenical mission movement.
"We have ensured that the active-duty units are aware of all the experience that our reserve units can bring to the table," Kane said, adding that most of the Soldiers in its reserve units have been in the unit for years and have performed SDDC missions multiple times.
Located in the Republic of Marshall Islands, USAKA/RTSs principal mission areas are primarily ballistic missile defense testing and space surveillance operations.
A university's mission statement is a way to start the intellectual conversation about the purpose of the university and the promise the university is making to students and other stakeholders.
The 388th flew its first Commando Club mission on November 15, 1967.
Congregational, Presbyterian, and Anglican missions in the Near East preferred to work with ancient Christian minority churches dispersed in the Muslim world, such as the Coptic and Syrian communities, seeking to bring about their renewal and to reform them along lines of the American Protestant vision.
The third book, or third mission, in the CHERUB series features the return of James Adams, hero of The Recruit and The Dealer, missions one and two.