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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I have had a few good results against top players, but never on the main stage, so this is a monkey off my back, or whatever the saying is, and hopefully now I can produce better form on the TV in matches to come," Wells said in an interview with WorldSnooker.
So, to bowl like that was a bit of a monkey off my back.
I've got that monkey off my back but now I want to score more important goals and hopefully I can get one next week.
It was fantastic to score my first goal since I returned to Scotland and to get that monkey off my back.
It's a big monkey off my back," Johnson said after a closing 69 left him three shots clear of Lowry, Piercy and Jim Furyk, who was also runnerup the last time Oakmont staged the US Open in 2007.
The win also ended a four-year barren run in tournament golf for the American, who later said: "It's a big monkey off my back to win here -- four years since my last and I'm just relieved.
I've played in over 200 tournaments worldwide and to get my first win takes the monkey off my back," he said.
Thankfully that takes the monkey off my back, but I'm really conscious of the need to use that as a catalyst to have a really good summer.
It's been tough trying to get this first win, so this is a little bit of a monkey off my back.
I've got the monkey off my back now though, and we showed we can do it.
I haven't won a stroke-play event since 1997, so it was nice to get that monkey off my back.
He should say 'OK, this year I am going to get the monkey off my back and at least get a win on the way.
It's a monkey off my back and I can't thank everyone enough," Beasley said.