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albatross around one's neck

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

Etymologies

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Originated from an old maritime tale that killing an albatross brings bad luck and subsequently wrapping it around the killer's neck signifies the curse. Nowadays, people more often refer to the latter (the punishment) as the cause of the bad luck rather than the former.

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