Posted by RRC on May 31, 2006
In Reply to: 'around your neck posted by kate on May 31, 2006
: to have it 'around your neck'
: is this from the original noose, meaning you're in a lot of bother.
In Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner", a dead albatross is hung around the neck of the mariner as a sign of his guilt.