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 someone's neck

1. Pursue someone closely; pose a threat to one, as in The immigration authorities were breathing down his neck. [Mid-1900s]
2. Watch or supervise someone very closely, as in The boss is always breathing down our necks. [Mid-1900s]
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breathe down someone's neck

1 constantly check up on someone. 2 follow closely behind someone.
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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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However, we know it is very early days and the chasing pack will be breathing down our neck if we have any slip-ups.
The plan now is to finish third but the likes of Kilmarnock are still breathing down our neck.
However, with the ladies competition breathing down our necks on the first tee the pressure of swinging a club for the first time since last summer ensured that the first couple of holes were complete right offs.
Derby are now top and we have Preston, Albion and Southampton breathing down our necks.
Now we still don't have an advantage over Liverpool, and Charlton are breathing down our necks.
This hasn't been triggered by media reports, lawsuits and (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) breathing down our necks like in the Firestone situation,'' Martin said.
He said: "We are in the play-offs now but we have people breathing down our necks, so we cannot give up and get complacent.
He said: "The Conservative Party is in a critical state and the Liberal Democrats are breathing down our necks.