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when you're up to your neck in alligators, it's easy to forget that the initial objective was to drain the swampOnly because it seems so urgent.Rate it:

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forget, when up to one's neck in alligators, that the mission is to drain the swampTo lose sight of one's initial objective, becoming caught up in subtasks or in tasks only tangentially/orthogonally related to the initial objective.Rate it:

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drain the swamp when up to one's neck in alligators(idiomatic) When performing a long and complex task, and when you've gotten utterly immersed in secondary and tertiary unexpected tangential subtasks, it's easy to lose sight of the initial objective. This sort of distraction can be particularly problematic if the all-consuming subtask or sub-subtask is not, after all, particularly vital to the original, primary goal, but ends up sucking up time and resources (out of all proportion to its actual importance) only because it seems so urgent.Rate it:

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neck and neckVery close in progress, as in a race or contest.Rate it:

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easy come, easy goEasily won and easily lost; usually said when resigned to a loss.Rate it:

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you pays your money and you takes your choiceEach person should make their own decisions.Rate it:

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forget oneselfto lose one's dignity, temper, or self-control.Rate it:

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forget oneselfTo become unmindful of one's own personality; to be lost in thought.Rate it:

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forgive and forgetAbsolve completely for a past wrongdoing; pardon with neither resentment nor a view to retribution.Rate it:

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circle the drainTo be in rapid decline or a state of downfall, especially as leading to inevitable utter failure or destruction.Rate it:

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down the drainWasted, squandered; irretrievable.Rate it:

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drain the main veinTo urinate.Rate it:

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laugh like a drainTo laugh with a loud, coarse soundRate it:

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the doctor always err's on the side of caution.It means to make sure of, or to make the most ofRate it:

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pencil-neckAn insubstantial person; a weakling.Rate it:

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pain in the neckSomeone or something which is annoying, irritating or inconvenient.Rate it:

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albatross around one's neckSomething that one is associated with that keeps one from succeeding in what they want to achieve.Rate it:

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albatross round one's neckAlternative form of albatross around one's neck.Rate it:

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brass neckA person with gall.Rate it:

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brass neckGall, shamelessness, cheek.Rate it:

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brass-neckTo behave boldly or shamelessly.Rate it:

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breathe down someone's neckTo follow someone too closely, making it uncomfortable for them.Rate it:

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neck of the woodsA local neighbourhood or region.Rate it:

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pencil-neckA person with a very thin neck.Rate it:

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stick one's neck outTo take a risk, putting oneself in a vulnerable position.Rate it:

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stick one's neck outGamble or venture when odds for success are slim! Step-up, speak up, while still a novitiate, inexperienced and possessing no 'savvy' in a particular venture.Rate it:

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easy on the eyesAttractive; beautiful.Rate it:

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easy does itRelax; do something gently, lightly or carefully; slow down; calm down.Rate it:

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easy as pieVery easy.Rate it:

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easy as falling off a logVery easy.Rate it:

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breathe easyTo relax or feel secure about something.Rate it:

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easy as ABCExtremely easyRate it:

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easy on the eyeAlternative form of easy on the eyes.Rate it:

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easy pickingsSomething easily acquired or stolenRate it:

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easy streetA carefree situation or lifestyle, especially as resulting from possession of wealth.Rate it:

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free and easyCasual, informal, relaxed, unrestrained.Rate it:

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get off easy'get off eas', receive mild punishment, avoid heavy costs or fines, avoid strong admonishments or stern warnings.Rate it:

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have it easyTo have favourable conditions for an easy life.Rate it:

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it is easy to find a stick to beat a dog(rare or obsolete, proverb) If a person is determined to punish someone, they will find a way to do so.1596 Rate it:

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take it easyAn informal greeting for parting or closing.Rate it:

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take it easyImmediately calm yourself down; your state of panic does not help.Rate it:

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take it easyTo relax or rest.Rate it:

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"never mind your mother sonny.... eat your bleedin' orange"I worked with a man from Foulridge, Lancashire for over 35 years who often used this phrase whenever there was a problem and he wasn't sure of the answer!.. Said the phrase came from a "chap I used to work with in Colne... but he didn't know what it meant either"Rate it:

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keep your friends close, and your enemies closerOne should be on their toes and alert of their surroundings if malicious people are around, to ensure such people can't wreak havoc in one's life.Rate it:

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put your money where your mouth isPractice what you preach.Rate it:

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put your money where your mouth isTalk is cheap. If the proponent of the venture is so confident, remind him: Better put your money where your mouth is!Rate it:

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you can hang your hat on thatIt's something to put faith in, to rely upon or trust (when used in a positive connotation).Rate it:

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you don't dip your pen in the company's inkAlternative form of you don't dip your pen in company ink.Rate it:

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don't cross your bridge until you arrive at the river!Your reminder George, was very wise: You advised that I not count my money regarding sale of wheelbarrows until we were down to ten count out of the one hundred previously in the stockroomLRate it:

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home is where you hang your hatRather than feeling nostalgic or sentimental, one should simply accept any place where one happens to reside as one's home.1948, Ruth L. Yorck, "D.P.Rate it:

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