on the heels of

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on the heels of

Following close behind or soon after someone or something. Look, the cops are hard on the heels of the bank robbers! The new revelation comes on the heels of the previous scandal.
See also: heel, of, on

on the heels of something

Fig. soon after something. There was a rainstorm on the heels of the windstorm. The team held a victory celebration on the heels of their winning season.
See also: heel, of, on

on the heels of

Also, hard on the heels of. Directly behind, immediately following, as in Mom's birthday comes on the heels of Mother's Day, or Hard on the heels of the flood there was a tornado. The hard in the variant acts as an intensifier, giving it the sense of "close on the heels of". [Early 1800s] Also see at one's heels.
See also: heel, of, on
References in classic literature ?
Ruin and disgrace always press hard on the heels of pride.