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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BERWICK boss Robbie Horn said his side getting only their second league win in 20 games with a 1-0 victory over Cowdenbeath at sunny Shielfield was like 'getting a monkey off their back.' A goal from central defender Jamie Todd saw the Borderers complete the clean sweep over basement side Cowdenbeath with their fourth win of the season over the Fifers.
But they are yet to win a league game, and they need to get that monkey off their back as quickly as possible.
"Finally they have got that monkey off their back after getting a home win," he said.
"They have got that monkey off their back over getting a home win." Two goals in as many "second-half minutes from Lewis Grabban and Marc Pugh earned the south coast side only their second win of the season.
"A Woman's Guide to Recovery" is highly recommended to community library women's issues shelves, and for any women trying to get the proverbial monkey off their back.
Limerick v Laois Today, Gaelic Grounds, 5pm By PAT NOLAN HAVING wrestled the Offaly monkey off their back last Sunday, Limerick can move within touching distance of that elusive promotion with a win over Laois this evening.
CHARLES Smith declared his delight after Newcastle Eagles' 84-82 victory over major rivals Leicester Riders - admitting they finally "got the monkey off their back."
FIVE goals against Fulham certainly allowed Liverpool's strikers to get a monkey off their back and it could just be the game that turns their fortunes around.
But McInnes is convinced no player will benefit more than young Kerr from the fact that United got a monkey off their back last weekend with their first Tannadice League win of the season over Hearts.
Last year Monty failed to get rid of the unwanted baggage of never having won a major - while Tom Lehman, Steve Jones and Mark Brooks all got the monkey off their back. But yesterday he was positively bubbling with good vibes despite his awful record at glorious Augusta.
Fermanagh are favourites but I just feel that Wicklow, by winning promotion, have a monkey off their back and it will give them a bit of confidence and allow them to play in a more carefree spirit than their under pressure opponents.
ROCHDALE 1 ACCRINGTON 2 ACCRINGTON captain Andy Proctor said the club had "got a monkey off their back" by beating Rochdale for the first time in 53 years.
Gordon Strachan's side -- with Rod Stewart (above) in the crowd -- seemed to have finally got the monkey off their back when Barry Robson headed the second-half goal which put the Hoops on course for their first ever away victory in the tournament.
WESLEY GIVES VILLA LIFT-OFF Aston Villa 2 Everton DEAN SMITH said Aston Villa had got a "monkey off their backs" after recording their first win since returning to the Premier League.
0 FULHAM ..........2 AARON Hughes was pleased to see Fulham get the away win monkey off their backs early in the season at Wigan yesterday.