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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Unfortunately, with the smell of further goals in the air, Hawks took their eye off the ball as a quick break from Wolves straight up the pitch saw them equalise with a well-taken 1 on 1 goal.
After a slow start, our glory boys rallied to overcome their opponents, who took their eye off the ball with some overly-cocky celebrating before capitulating when the tables turned.
Leonard Schrank, chief executive of Swift from 1992 to 2007, said, 'The board took their eye off the ball. They were focusing on other things, and not about the fundamental, sacred role of Swift, which is the security and reliability of the system.
Having seen their main rivals for the All-Ireland crash and burn on Saturday, maybe Cork took their eye off the ball but they quickly had to refocus on the task in front of them as Roscommon made a real game of it for 45 minutes.
But the Americans took their eye off the ball and invaded Iraq.
'Because they took their eye off the ball in their summer break, this overspend has grown rapidly.
GARY BREEN is cursing a TV crew who took their eye off the ball and condemned him to a three-match suspension.
"When LaSalle purchased Jones Lang it was about 18 months where they really took their eye off the ball and their business suffered.
After appearing comfortable, Colwyn took their eye off the ball and allowed Frickley to grab an equaliser in the 42nd minute.
BRYAN Sheehan thinks Kerry took their eye off the ball in the Munster final - and insists it won't happen when they meet Cork again tomorrow.
Mark Hughes' side, who drew the first leg 2-2, were bottom of the league with two points from their first four league games and Savage says they took their eye off the ball because of last season's sixth-place finish.
But they took their eye off the ball six minutes from time when Emmerson Boyce crossed and, despite heading off the line, Danny Coles could only watch in horror as Howard's header went in.
But he rejected former Test batting legend Geoff Boycott's charge that England took their eye off the ball and took victory for granted.
Manager Joe McKenna, however, could hardly have been pleased with their third quarter performance when, after having opened an 11 points advantage (1- 15 to 0-7) they took their eye off the ball and allowed Brian Dowling (2) and Conor Phelan to set up a tight finish with a hat-trick of goals.