breathe down (one's) neck

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breathe down (one's) neck

1. To monitor someone closely, usually in an overbearing and irritating way. I just got another email from the boss asking about the status of this report, as if breathing down my neck is going to make me finish it faster!
2. To be physically close to someone in an unnerving or unwanted way. Back up, dude—I'll never make this shot with you breathing down my neck!
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breathe down someone's neck

 
1. Fig. to keep close watch on someone; to watch someone's activities intently. (Alludes to someone standing very close behind a person.) 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.
2. Fig. [for someone or something] to represent an approaching deadline. The project deadline is breathing down my neck. The due date for this paper is breathing down my neck.
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breathe down somebody’s ˈneck

(informal) watch somebody too closely, and so make them feel uncomfortable: I can’t work with people breathing down my neck the whole time.
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breathe down (someone's) neck

1. To threaten by proximity, especially by pursuing closely.
2. To watch or monitor closely, often annoyingly: The boss was breathing down my neck all morning.
See also: breathe, down, neck
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River City BBC1 Lydia persuades Annie to have a low-key hen night but she's not in the mood with DCI Grant breathing down her neck about getting dirt on Lenny.
With the grim reaper breathing down her neck, Dying Donna is getting uncharacteristically cavalier about taking risks, notably breaking the law.
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I don't know whether yours is truly "in trouble" or is just grappling with adolescent angst, but I do know she needs true friends--not a group of people breathing down her neck.
But when Mercury Records began breathing down her neck for another hit, Osborne failed to deliver.
Even though she has been inching toward top-ranked Hingis, Davenport is not quite breathing down her neck.