take (one's) eye off the ball

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take (one's) eye off the ball

To fail to remain focused on or motivated about some goal, objective, or matter at hand. You can't take your eye off the ball just before this merger deal is supposed to go through, not when there is so much at stake! I was on my way to earning my PhD, but I really took my eye off the ball toward the end of the program.
See also: ball, eye, off, take

take your eye off the ball

If you take your eye off the ball, you stop paying attention for a moment to something you are doing, and as a result something bad happens. You can't take your eye off the ball for a moment on this project. Compare with keep your eye on the ball.
See also: ball, eye, off, take
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However, big errors were made - such as taking our eye off the ball to invade Iraq, the muddle over the actual mission, becoming obsessed by the Taliban instead Al Qaeda, which allowed the latter to set up in many other countries whilst we uselessly fought the Taliban, who weren't behind 9/11.
We are not taking our eye off the ball in Afghanistan.
But there's no point turning out a display like that and then taking our eye off the ball.
We are open to new ideas, but when it comes to accountability, we are not taking our eye off the ball.
They are a bit annoyed with us that we appear to be taking our eye off the ball.
Myself and Alan Pardew are looking forward to the tie but we're not taking our eye off the ball in the league.