Old Man of the Sea

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noun

(in The Arabian Nights' Entertainments) an old man who clung to the shoulders of Sindbad the Sailor for many days and nights.
a burden, annoyance, care, or the like, from which it is extremely difficult to free oneself.

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Examples from the Web for old man of the sea

  • She'll be an old-man-of-the-sea hanging around your neck whom you can't shake off.

    Bought and Paid For|Arthur Hornblow
  • This time we separated from our old-man-of-the-sea; the baggage went on to Portbou to await our afternoon arrival.

    Glories of Spain|Charles W. Wood