albatross around one's neck
{n. phr.}, {literary} Guilt, the haunting past, an unforgettable problem. * /Even though it was an accident, John's father's death has been an albatross around John's neck./ Compare: MONKEY ON ONE'S BACK.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • albatross around one's neck — {n. phr.}, {literary} Guilt, the haunting past, an unforgettable problem. * /Even though it was an accident, John s father s death has been an albatross around John s neck./ Compare: MONKEY ON ONE S BACK …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • albatross\ around\ one's\ neck — n. phr. literary Guilt, the haunting past, an unforgettable problem. Even though it was an accident, John s father s death has been an albatross around John s neck. Compare: monkey on one s back …   Словарь американских идиом

  • ALBATROSS (around one's neck) — (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. [AL ba tross] used metaphorically to symbolize a burden of guilt or disgrace; from the albatross that brought bad luck after it was shot and hung around the Mariner s neck in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.… …   English dictionary for students

  • albatross around one's neck — noun something that one is associated with that keeps one from succeeding in what they want to achieve 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… …   Wiktionary

  • albatross around one's neck — great load of guilt that becomes an obstruction to success …   English contemporary dictionary

  • monkey on one's back — {n. phr.}, {informal} An unsolved or nagging problem. * / My math course is a real monkey on my back, Jack complained./ Compare: ALBATROSS AROUND ONE S NECK, MILLSTONE AROUND ONE S NECK …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • monkey on one's back — {n. phr.}, {informal} An unsolved or nagging problem. * / My math course is a real monkey on my back, Jack complained./ Compare: ALBATROSS AROUND ONE S NECK, MILLSTONE AROUND ONE S NECK …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • monkey\ on\ one's\ back — n. phr. informal An unsolved or nagging problem. My math course is a real monkey on my back, Jack complained. Compare: albatross around one s neck, millstone around one s neck …   Словарь американских идиом

  • albatross — [al′bə trôs΄, al′bəträs΄] n. pl. albatrosses or albatross [altered, prob. infl. by albus, white < Sp alcatraz, lit., pelican < Port, pelican, orig., bucket < Ar al qādūs, water wheel basket, scoop < Gr kados, cask, jar; prob. < Heb …   English World dictionary

  • Albatross (metaphor) — The word albatross is sometimes used to mean an encumbrance, or a wearisome burden. [cite web | url = http://m w.com/dictionary/albatross | title = Albatross | work = Merriam Webster Online Dictionary | accessdate = 2007 11 24 ] It is an allusion …   Wikipedia

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