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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2 AARON Hughes was pleased to see Fulham get the away win monkey off their backs early in the season at Wigan yesterday.
Man City got the monkey off their backs last season and since they aren't any weaker and can stump up whatever's needed for reinforcements come January, they should prevail.
By PAUL BUTTNER HAVING got a monkey off their backs, Bohemians will hold no fears of entering the lion's den of Tallaght Stadium on Monday night.
EAST STIRLING finally got the winless monkey off their backs as they came from behind to dump Elgin.
The fact that they have won their first Connacht title in 32 years means that Sligo will now be playing with a huge monkey off their backs.
England are 4-1 to get the monkey off their backs this evening, while Lockyer's men are just 2-9 for another victory.
LIMERICK boss Joe McKenna said that his players have shaken the championship monkey off their backs.
So how good would it be to see our Celtic cousins finally get the monkey off their backs and qualify for a major championship for the first time in 46 years?