Posted by Dipsomaniac on October 30, 2003
In Reply to: Monkey on my back posted by SR on October 30, 2003
: : What does the term I have a monkey on my back mean?
: "Get this monkey off my back!"... to stop a bad habit; to be rid of a problem or hang-up.
: I have to get this monkey off my back. I have to stop gambling.
: No idea on origin though.
A Monkey on your back is an addiction. Like heroin is the monkey on an addict's back.