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'around your neck

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.