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have a monkey on one's back

verb phrase

To be addicted to narcotics

[1930s+ Narcotics; perhaps related to the same phrase, meaning ''to be angry,'' found by 1860]


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