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.
Note to Sting: An “albatross” in this context is more like “tens of thousands of dollars of student loan debt.”
Groupon would have been an inspired purchase; Associated Content now looks like a $90 million 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.
In Kamtschatka the albatross is caught by the natives and made useful.
Only once, too, did we catch an albatross, the bird of the Southern Ocean.
Mascola's boats were crowded closely about the albatross and his own fleet was completely fenced off.
The albatross soon after wore ship, and stood to the westward.
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.