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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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up to one's neck in alligatorsExtremely busy; having many pressing obligations, distractions, etc consuming one's time.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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neck and neckVery close in progress, as in a race or contest.Rate it:

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Franklin prend son thé chaudPhrase utilisée par les élèves francophones qui étudient le néerlandais pour se souvenir que les participes passés réguliers en néerlandais se terminent toujours par un d sauf quand le radical du verbe se termine par f, k, p, s, t ou ch.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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Appendix:Snowclones/I'm going to build my own X with blackjack and hookers! In fact, forget the XIndicates that the speaker is not interested in joining others in a certain group or activity, and instead the speaker is going to form their own.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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easy for you to sayRequiring little effort or sacrifice on your part, with the implication that it is or has been more difficult for others.Rate it:

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you're damned if you do and you're damned if you don'tAlternative form of damned if you do, damned if you don'tRate 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 awayTo diminish over time; to disappear or leak out gradually.Rate it:

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drain outTo empty completely of liquids; to drain completely.Rate it:

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drain outTo be emptied of liquid; to be drained completely.Rate it:

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drain the main veinTo urinate.Rate it:

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go down the drainSynonym of go down the toilet : to fail.Rate it:

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

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pour down the drainto waste prior work by subsequent bad decisionsRate it:

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easy as ABCExtremely easyRate it:

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easy on the eyesAttractive; beautiful.Rate it:

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pencil-neckAn insubstantial person; a weakling.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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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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breathe easyTo relax or feel secure about something.Rate 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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fall on someone's neckTo embrace someone affectionately or thankfully.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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I'm easyI have no strong feelings one way or another but am ready to complyRate 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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neck downTo alter by forcing it into a smaller calibre and size.Rate it:

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

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neck of the woodsA certain part of the city, neighborhood, area, or country.Rate it:

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neck upto increase the size of a cartridge's chamber and calibre.Rate it:

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