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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Cpt Sean Moore, defending, said: "At the end of a long, dem-anding period of training, the finish line in sight, Cdr Codd took his eye off the ball.
Turf Club chief executive Denis Egan said: "The starter put his hands up and admitted he just took his eye off the ball and the procedure wasn't followed.
Some cynics might say that Big Sam took his eye off the ball and was more concerned with getting the England job.
Selling our best players must be coupled with wise investment and I think Little took his eye off the ball and rested his laurels on too many veteran players.
He never took his eye off the ball, but when the full-back caught it, he dumped him on the floor.
It was a well-earned goal for Gunn who had missed a sitter in 14 minutes when he took his eye off the ball and miss-hit his shot from six yards after good support work by Gary Manson.
1, but Hogarth took his eye off the ball as it hit a divot and it bounced over his foot to add to Paul Walker's first-half strike.
Along comes a Flood, who committed the ultimate sin, took his eye off the ball and fixed it on a principle.
Cpt Sean Moore, defending, said: "At the end of a long, demanding period of training, the finish line in sight, Cdr Codd took his eye off the ball.
But at the Crucible in Sheffield in 2014 Mark Selby never took his eye off the ball.
We created chances and hardly looked like conceding a goal until Danny just took his eye off the ball and when he makes a mistake, which has been a rarity this season, he gets punished.
Robert Morgan hoisted an up-and-under and Alun Harries took his eye off the ball.
Tir Chonaill Gaels were gifted a glorious goal chance on 42 minutes when Thomas Healy's short kickout went straight to Darren Gilsenan, but Cathal Magee took his eye off the ball and it allowed Healy to redeem himself.
McFadden took his eye off the ball and put heavy tins on top of yoghurt and eggs.
That performance came on top of his blunder at Bradford in September when he took his eye off the ball and let it run between his legs, in only his third game for Coventry since his late summer move.