monkey off (one's) back

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monkey off (one's) back

The elimination of a persistent burden or problem. I can't wait until I'm done paying my student loans—that will be a monkey off my back!
See also: back, monkey, off
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He's a young player trying to establish himself, and if he can get a goal it would be a monkey off his back.
STEPHEN DOBBIE helped break Hibs' hearts then admitted he's just relieved to get a monkey off his back with a first goal in Scotland for seven years.
TWO-TIME Crucible winner Mark Williams is through to the World Snooker Championship second round for the first time since 2012 and admits it is a relief to have got that monkey off his back.
The world number five finally got a monkey off his back last year by winning the British Open for the time at the 20th attempt.
London, Sep 13 ( ANI ): Tennis ace Andy Murray has admitted that now he can retire happily from the sport after getting the Grand Slam monkey off his back.
ENGLAND skipper Andrew Strauss saw his side secure a tough first Test win over the West Indies at Lord's yesterday - and revealed that he was also pleased to get a monkey off his back.
So Donaldson can count himself unlucky to still be title-less, and with very few names ahead of him in the betting for this week's low-key Silesia Open, he could be about to shake the monkey off his back.
NICOLA Larini shook one monkey off his back yesterday, but refused to talk up his chances of getting rid of another following qualifying for the latest round of the World Touring Car Championship.
He was enveloped by equally ecstatic colleagues genuinely pleased to see him get a monkey off his back.
Mansell said the Honda driver faces a make-or-break season and has to "get the monkey off his back this year".
The story will be if Tiger Woods can win his third Masters or if Phil Mickelson can get the monkey off his back or a relative unknown wins,'' Enberg said Thursday morning from Augusta National, after arriving to find out the first round had been postponed because of rain.
Slade will see this result as a bit of a monkey off his back.
We all go through these tough periods and it's a monkey off his back.
Now Kuyt has got that monkey off his back hopefully the goals will start to flow for him.
MICHAEL HIGDON has revealed how he was so desperate to get the monkey off his back of not scoring at Motherwell he'd have happily grabbed a goal with his backside.