get off tail

get off someone's tail

1. Fig. to stop following someone closely, usually in an automobile. Get off my tail! Keep your distance! I wish that car behind me would get off my tail.
2. Fig. to stop bothering someone; to stop monitoring someone's actions. Get off my tail! I can manage without you. Who needs your help? Get off my tail!
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get off your tail

  (American very informal)
to stop being lazy and start doing something (often an order) You've just got to get off your tail and start looking for a job.
See also: get, off, tail