millstone around your neck

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - millstone around your neck

"millstone around your neck"

someone or something that is a great burden or causes a lot of trouble and is difficult to remove


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - millstone around your neck

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  The manager seems to have never really earned the respect of his team.

Colleague 2:  It is going to be nearly impossible with that millstone hanging around his neck.

Colleague 1:  Do you mean the fact that he got his position because his father is CEO?

Colleague 2:  Exactly. He is not the greatest manager and there will always be some resentment about how he got the position.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - millstone around your neck

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I see you packed a lunch again today.

Friend 2:  My finances are in such bad shape that it seems I will never be able to afford to eat lunch out again.

Friend 1:  You make good money. What's the issue?

Friend 2:  It's the house we bought. We overspent on our mortgage and it has become such a burden that it is adversely affecting our lives.

Friend 1:  Perhaps it is time to get rid of the millstone around your neck and sell your house.

Friend 2:  Probably. But my wife loves our home.

millstone around your neck - Usage:


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millstone around your neck - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for millstone around your neck.

millstone around your neck - Examples:

1)  ... and you'll rue it. Yup. Your home will be an millstone around your neck.

2)  ... retaliate by painting your partner as a jailer, a warden, or an millstone around your neck. It's natural to get defensive when you're criticized.

3)  ... of this debacle somehow eventually turning out right. So why continue carrying this dead millstone around your neck when you don't have to? 

4)  Understanding mobile phone plans and bills is an acquired taste. An millstone around your neck.

5)  Be sure you avoid the Ku Klux Klan. Don't get that millstone around your neck.

6)  Wherever Wayne goes, Coleen follows, like an out-of-proportion millstone around his neck squawking a stark warning about the vapidity of modern society.

7)  That carefully written speech that he held in his hands was the millstone around his neck. His eyes were drawn to it; he couldn't help ...

8)  ... could be finally free to make some interesting, creative music again without the Oasis millstone around his neck.

9)  He had dominated that decade, but now that decade was becoming an millstone around his neck, threatening to drag him under.

10)  The friend described the situation as "it was like an millstone around his neck that he needed to dispose off and be free."

11)  But failure in Europe really is an millstone around his neck. At Inter, he was criticised for his overly cautious approach ...

12)  I thought Romneycare would be an millstone around his neck that would be one of the primary obstacles he had to overcome.

13)  ... his life could be so much freer if he didn't have them like an millstone around his neck.

14)  This man is an millstone around the neck of the Hills Shire Council and should be dismissed immediately.

15)  No, and immigration reform has been that millstone around the neck of many Republican candidates because they don't want to address the ...

16)  ... is his ability to liquidate a 2 billion debt which has been an millstone around the neck of the corporation over the years.

17)  ... this canker on development which has brought nothing good, but rather, become an millstone around the neck of the policy makers.

18)  ... many of those roads and the continuing failure of drainage in the state is an millstone around the neck of not only the governor but also ...

19)  ... not only encourages but aids and abets the unionization of all American industry, the millstone around the neck of the free market.

20)  ... talking a minimum $20 billion cost per Mars mission. Heavy lift is the millstone around the neck of NASA and the nation.