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.


  • 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.

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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