old man of sea

Old Man of the Sea

noun
1.
(in The Arabian Nights' Entertainments ) an old man who clung to the shoulders of Sindbad the Sailor for many days and nights.
2.
a burden, annoyance, care, or the like, from which it is extremely difficult to free oneself.
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