To have some very burdensome nuisance you have to put up with--in a sense wider than just a drug or other addiction.
"That huge credit card payment is a real monkey on his back." "Trying to sell that white elephant must be a monkey on your back."
by Guthlac A February 09, 2010
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To have a deep, uncontrollable desire to something such as Gamble, Smoke, or Drink.
Man he has that Drinking monkey on his back, it is 9:30 in the morrning and he's already drunk.
by Stan, Ricky, Cody, and Alex April 03, 2003
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Addiction, mostly heroin/morphine addiction.
Hey dad, you been smacking da H again, quit it bitch, you have a monkey on your back

But the morphine eased the pain,
And the grass grew round his brain,
And gave him all the confidence he lacked,
With a Purple Heart and a monkey on his back.

There's a hole in daddy's arm where all the money goes,

-John Prine - 'Sam Stone' a song about a vietnam vet returning to the US with a monkey on his back.
by GG Allin11 September 01, 2013
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To silence one's personal or media critics
If you are going to survive in the modern media or entertainment world, you better learn how to get the monkey off your back.
by sexydimma June 08, 2017
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