take one's eye off the ball

To lose ones concentration on what is most important.

One of the keys to success in business is never to take your eye off the ball.

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  • take one's eye off the ball — ► keep one s eye on (or take one s eye off) the ball keep (or fail to keep) one s attention focused on the matter in hand. Main Entry: ↑ball …   English terms dictionary

  • keep one's eye on (or take one's eye off) the ball — keep (or fail to keep) one s attention focused on the matter in hand. → ball …   English new terms dictionary

  • take your eye off the ball — take (your) eye off the ball keep (your) eye on the ball to give your attention to what you are doing all the time. If you re a manager, you can t afford to take your eye off the ball for one minute …   New idioms dictionary

  • take eye off the ball — take (your) eye off the ball keep (your) eye on the ball to give your attention to what you are doing all the time. If you re a manager, you can t afford to take your eye off the ball for one minute …   New idioms dictionary

  • keep one's eye on the ball — ► keep one s eye on (or take one s eye off) the ball keep (or fail to keep) one s attention focused on the matter in hand. Main Entry: ↑ball …   English terms dictionary

  • keep one's eye on the ball — keep one s eye on (or take one s eye off) the ball keep (or fail to keep) one s attention focused on the matter in hand …   Useful english dictionary

  • keep one's eye on the ball — verb To maintain ones concentration fixed on one important theme. My ethos has always been to be very straight with people, tell it as it is. It doesnt often make people happy but I found that over a period of time its better to be that way. So… …   Wiktionary

  • ball — Ⅰ. ball [1] ► NOUN 1) a solid or hollow sphere, especially one that is kicked, thrown, or hit in a game. 2) a single throw or kick of the ball in a game. 3) N. Amer. a game played with a ball, especially baseball. ► VERB ▪ squeeze or form into a… …   English terms dictionary

  • ball — ball1 noun 1》 a solid or hollow sphere, especially one that is kicked, thrown, or hit in a game.     ↘a game played with a ball, especially (N. Amer.) baseball. 2》 a single throw or kick of the ball in a game.     ↘Cricket a delivery of the ball… …   English new terms dictionary

  • eye — eye1 [ aı ] noun count *** ▸ 1 body part for seeing ▸ 2 expression on someone s face ▸ 3 for saying someone is looking ▸ 4 hole in needle ▸ 5 calm center of storm ▸ 6 spot on potato ▸ 7 part that hook fits into ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) one of the two… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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