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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With that monkey off his back McDowell can't wait to compete on another cherished stretch of links turf.
RYAN SWAN'S brace in the 5-3 win over Finn Harps finally threw the monkey off his back.
"It's nice for him to get that monkey off his back, his first goal for the club," said Ross.
He's a young player trying to establish himself, and if he can get a goal it would be a monkey off his back.
ENGLAND'S new vice-captain Ben Stokes admits that smashing his maiden ODI century on Friday is "a monkey off his back", and that he is revelling in his leadership role.
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.
GOLF: After getting the "monkey off his back" with a victory in India, Australia's Wade Ormsby is in contention for a second win in succession at the Ballantine's Championship in South Korea.
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.
The England captain insisted last night there was no particular sense of vindication in "getting a monkey off his back" and silencing those who have increasingly questioned his Test future.
DELIGHTED David Graham bagged the crucial second and admitted it was great to get the goal-scoring monkey off his back after copping flak from his team-mates.
Based on what I saw, Fallon was understandably rusty and I hope by the time you read this, he got the monkey off his back by riding a winner at Kempton last night.
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".
A wait of 630 minutes to get the monkey off his back and could it be a result which ignites their season?