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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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.
Finally they have got that monkey off their back after getting a home win," he said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EAST STIRLING finally got the winless monkey off their backs as they came from behind to dump Elgin.
England are 4-1 to get the monkey off their backs this evening, while Lockyer's men are just 2-9 for another victory.
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.
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.