get the monkey off one's back

Definition of get the monkey off one's back

  1. :  to remove or solve a problem that has been difficult to get rid of or solve :  to get rid of a problem or situation that makes one unhappy and that lasts for a long time He finally got the monkey off his back and kicked his drug addiction.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to gain possession of

    :  to receive as a return :  earn

    :  to obtain by concession or entreaty

  1. :  something begotten:

    :  offspring

    :  the entire progeny of a male animal

  1. :  a document of release from obligation in Jewish law

    :  a bill of divorce

    :  a religious divorce by Jewish law

monkeyplay
  1. :  a nonhuman primate mammal with the exception usually of the lemurs and tarsiers

    :  any of the smaller longer-tailed catarrhine or platyrrhine primates as contrasted with the apes

    :  a person resembling a monkey

  1. :  mimic, mock

    :  to act in a grotesque or mischievous manner

    :  fool, trifle

  1. :  from a place or position

    :  away from land

    :  at a distance in space or time

  1. : used as a function word to indicate physical separation or distance from a position of rest, attachment, or union

    :  to seaward of

    :  from the possession or charge of

  1. :  seaward

    :  right

    :  more removed or distant

  1. :  to go away :  depart

    :  kill, murder

  1. : office; officer; official

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  1. :  the rear part of the human body especially from the neck to the end of the spine

    :  the body considered as the wearer of clothes

    :  capacity for labor, effort, or endurance

  1. :  to, toward, or at the rear

    :  in or into the past :  backward in time

    :  ago

  1. :  being at or in the back

    :  distant from a central or main area

    :  articulated at or toward the back of the oral passage :  formed deep within the mouth

  1. :  to support by material or moral assistance

    :  substantiate

    :  to assume financial responsibility for


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