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Old March 12, 2010, 01:01 AM
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Quitándome el mono

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Old March 12, 2010, 01:05 AM
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Mono is a colloquial word for "abstinence syndrome" (síndrome de abstinencia) caused by drugs. But it's widely used in other contexts, not only this one. For instance, if I am used to go every week end to the mountain and for a few week ends I don't go, I could say "tengo mono de montaña" (me quitaré el mono si voy a la montaña).
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Mono is a colloquial word for "abstinence syndrome" (síndrome de abstinencia) caused by drugs. But it's widely used in other contexts, not only this one. For instance, if I am used to go every week end to the mountain and for a few week ends I don't go, I could say "tengo mono de montaña" (me quitaré el mono si voy a la montaña).
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From what Irmamar said, the English version is cold turkey.
I always thought cold turkey is Spanish was a la canona.


PS: In English,a person with a bad drug habit has a monkey on their back, but if they quit without support they go cold turkey .
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From what Irmamar said, the English version is cold turkey.
I always thought cold turkey is Spanish was a la canona.


PS: In English,a person with a bad drug habit has a monkey on their back, but if they quit without support they go cold turkey .
In Chile we say "andar con la mona" when someone is visibly drunk.
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"Mono" can also be a piece of clothing: an overall. So "quitarse el mono" can also be to take off the overall.
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So one meaning is to go cold turkey and the other one, the mountain thing that Irma pointed out.
TEngo mono de montaña, that is used by extension obviously.
to go cold turkey = tener el mono
to have the need = tener mono de

I think this is it.
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"Mono" can also be a piece of clothing: an overall. So "quitarse el mono" can also be to take off the overall.
What is "an overall"? Do you mean "overalls", like jeans that have a bib attached and straps that hook up over the shoulders and around to the back? If that is your intention, then (1) it's always plural: overalls, and (2) we don't use an indefinite article, kind of like when you say "pants", you don't say "a pants" or anything like that.
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Thanks for the correction, Lou Ann... that's what I meant. I just looked for the word "overall" in google and found plenty of images of them.

So: "mono" can also mean "overalls" and the expression "quitarse el mono" can also mean to take off the overalls.
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tener el mono = to have cravings/longings/yearnings
quitar el mono = to get rid of the cravings/longings/yearnings

estar con el mono = to go cold turkey
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