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Breathe down someone’s neck


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1. To keep close watch on someone; to watch someone’s activities. (Also literal. Refers to standing very close behind a person.)

In other words, pursue someone closely; pose a threat to one

2. To try to hurry someone along; to make someone get something done on time. (The subject does not have to be a person)

In other words, watch or supervise someone very closely.


Sample Usage

I can’t work with you breathing down my neck all the time. Go away.

I will get through my life without your help. Stop breathing down my neck

I have to finish my taxes today. The tax collector is breathing down my neck.

I have a deadline breathing down my neck.

The boss is always breathing down our necks.


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