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Albatross around one’s neck


Rueful. Living a terrible burden that was self-inflicted.¬† Living with a past mistake. The ‘albatross’ represents (per the classic book, Rime of the Ancient Mariner) an unfortunate decision, a big mistake and it will never be forgotten by your others. A stigmatizing effect.

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