One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
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