Definition of keep one's eye on (or take one's eye off) the ball in English:

keep one's eye on (or take one's eye off) the ball

phrase

  • Keep (or fail to keep) one's attention focused on the matter in hand.

    • ‘But I can't look too far ahead because the minute you do that you take your eye off the ball.’
    • ‘We mustn't take our eye off the ball if we are to continue to improve services in emergency care.’
    • ‘He took his eye off the ball and did not really appreciate that the client was manipulating him.’
    • ‘I think it's important that it's used as a reality check for everyone so that they don't take their eye off the ball.’
    • ‘We know from experience that dabbling in areas outside your area of expertise takes your eye off the ball of your core business.’
    • ‘They can't afford to take their eye off the ball.’
    • ‘But we have to stay fully focused and not take our eye off the ball.’
    • ‘This takes my eye off the ball but fortunately I work with an experienced team so things don't go wrong.’
    • ‘And our worry about this, as your interview suggested earlier, is that we're taking our eye off the ball.’
    • ‘And pensions wasn't the only occasion when he took his eye off the ball.’