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Monkey on my back

Posted by SR on October 30, 2003

In Reply to: Monkey on my back posted by Tonie Gurley 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.