The deal reached to end the shutdown did nothing to address the albatross of unpredictability.
Someone who is justifiably frustrated that his central public accomplishment, Romneycare, is now an albatross.
His real difficulty is that his 16 years in the House and Senate hang around his neck like an albatross.
It was tough when I was younger; it was like an albatross on my back but I just found a way to navigate it.
But the Ryan budget could become an albatross in the negotiations over the fiscal cliff.
In Kamtschatka the albatross is caught by the natives and made useful.
The albatross has been seen fully 1000 miles from any shore.
Mascola's boats were crowded closely about the albatross and his own fleet was completely fenced off.
But some time after, I learned that goney was some seaman's name for albatross.
The "albatross" was armed, and relied upon being able to defend herself.
1670s, probably from Spanish or Portuguese alcatraz "pelican" (16c.), perhaps derived from Arabic al-ghattas "sea eagle" [Barnhart]; or from Portuguese alcatruz "the bucket of a water wheel" [OED], from Arabic al-qadus "machine for drawing water, jar" (from Greek kados "jar"), in reference to the pelican's pouch (cf. Arabic saqqa "pelican," literally "water carrier"). Either way, the spelling was influenced by Latin albus "white." The name was extended, through some mistake, by English sailors to a larger sea-bird (order Tubinares).
Albatrosses were considered good luck by sailors; figurative sense of "burden" (1936) is from Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (1798) about the bad luck of a sailor who shoots an albatross and then is forced to wear its corpse as an indication that he, not the whole ship, offended against the bird. The prison-island of Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay is named for pelicans that roosted there.