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get the monkey off

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get the monkey off

verb phrase

To break a narcotics habit: so hooked on morphine that there would be no getting the monkey off without another's help (1860+ Narcotics)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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