I finally got the monkey off my shouldersPosted: June 3, 2013
This is a mash up of “monkey off my back” and “a weight off my shoulders”, both meaning to get rid of a big problem. Kudos to Mike Browning who heard this gem on the Mike & Mike talk show last week. Tony Kanaan was talking about finally
winning the Indy 500, and said that the victory finally got “the monkey
off my shoulders.” Malaphors occur frequently when there are two similar meaning idioms referring to body parts, particularly in close proximity.