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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.
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swamp someone or something with something

to cover or deluge someone or something with something. The flood swamped our property with river water. The many orders for their product swamped the small business with too much to do.
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swamped

1. mod. very, very busy. I can’t handle it now. I’m swamped.
2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. Look at him! He’s swamped—stoned out of his mind.
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Swampy said the club's financial difficulties did not affect team members once they were in Halifax.
Then, she placed the trunk across a patch of swampy ground and used it as a makeshift bridge.
Last year Swampy, whose real name is Daniel Hooper, moved into a pink makeshift ``castle'' built by anti-GM protesters in Dorset.
The cement will be used for the construction of quays, dams, irrigation projects and building on swampy land, airport runways and buildings in areas with high rate of acid rain.
This was land we couldn't do anything with until we brought in buffalo," says Wilfried Merle, owner of Hato Rio de Agua, a marshy 1,000-hectare ranch where some 700 buffaloes splash about in swampy glory "We tried cattle, rice and even capybaras.
Ernie Way hit a putt there that rolled off the green and into a swampy hazard, never to be found.
Take, for instance, the swampy minor chord rocker Love Everyone from his 1998 gem Raised By Wolves, which begins the collection.
Some swampy areas are so large, however, that it was impossible to think of draining them, so they were left alone.
Consisting of drummer Kathi Mendonca, guitarist Nathan Howdeshell (who also plays in the band Boy Pussy USA), and vocalist Ditto, the band swaggers and thrusts its way through each short blast of swampy stomp, throwing down sexual ultimatums like "C'mon darlin', `cause you're makin' me wet" and "I'll walk a million miles for just one piece of your pie.
have been wiped out because only 3 to 5 percent of their swampy habitat still remains, D'Amato explains.
long considered a swampy den of political intrigue, is creeping up there.
over a swampy area at the end of the runway at Kuching International Airport in Sarawak, a Malaysian state on Borneo Island.
With an Aboriginal population spread out over 70 rural communities and dozens of urban centres, the staff of fewer than 10 are kept hopping, according to task force worker Winona Swampy.
Bar-Bel hit the headlines when her premature calf, nicknamed Swampy by staff, lost his battle for life after dramatic scenes at West Midlands Safari and Leisure Park near Bewdley, Worcestershire.
Over time, deaths from malaria declined because of drainage of swampy regions, a reduction in the mosquito population, lower prices for quinine, and general improvement in sanitation.