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."
dodane przez Guthlac A luty 09, 2010
To have an addicction, especially a drug addiction.
Man, he's got a monkey on him back! He's so wasted!
dodane przez bluestorm100 marzec 12, 2005
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.
dodane przez Stan, Ricky, Cody, and Alex kwiecień 03, 2003
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.
dodane przez GG Allin11 wrzesień 01, 2013
Severe relentless back pain one gets during opiate withdrawal.
hardest part of detox will be the monkey on your back
dodane przez XsubZ kwiecień 16, 2010

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