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. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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