off (one's) back

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off (one's) back

No longer a source of constant stress, anxiety, aggravation, or pressure. To be honest, it's a bit of relief having all that fame off my back. It just felt like I was under constant scrutiny no matter where I went or what I did. Would you get off my back? I'm going to mow the lawn after lunch.
See also: back, off

off someone's back

Also off someone's case. No longer harassing or bothering someone. It is often put as get off someone's back or case , as in I told her to get off my back-I'll mow the lawn tomorrow, or I wish Dad would get off my case about grades. The first of these slangy terms dates from the 1880s although it became frequent only in the 1940s, and its antonym, on one's back (as in He's been on my back about that report all morning) dates from about 1960. The variant off someone's case was first recorded only in 1970, and its antonym, on someone's case (as in He's always on my case) in 1971. Also see get off, def. 8.
See also: back, off

off (someone's) back

No longer nagging or urging someone to do something.
See also: back, off
References in classic literature ?
I do not,' sez Peg, 'but dhrunk or sober I'll tear the hide off your back wid a shovel whin I've stopped singin'.' "'Say you so, Peg Barney?' sez I.
Get me off your back, Freda - give the people of Pontprennau their school.
The skate world has never been especially concerned with its history, but if a movie about dudes skating backyard pools means your dad will get off your back about wasting your life on that wooden toy, bring it on.
I'm talking about channel rebates and, whether you're a reseller or a manufacturer, you'd better get that monkey off your back and soon.
but about keeping bridal fantasists off your back for a year or two.