Albatross around your neck

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This idiom originates from the poem, "The Rime of the Ancient Marniner." In it, the main character kills an albatross, which is usually regarded as a sign of good luck, and afterward is forced to wear the bird around his neck. The phrase has come to refer to a burden or stigma, often caused by some offense, which a person is forced to bear. [1] It appears in popular culture often and is the subject of songs by Bastille (The Weight of Living, Part 1) and the Foals.