albatross around one's neck

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Something that one is associated with that keeps one from succeeding in what they want to achieve.

Etymology:

  • From The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, wherein a sailor's killing of an albatross brings bad luck and results in the dead bird being hung around the killer's neck by his crewmates.
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He bought the properties last year hoping to make a profit out of reselling them; however, with the economic downturn, they have now become an albatross around his neck.

Submitted on July 07, 2010

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albatros alrededor del cuello

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