on the heels of

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 ?
The thunderclaps, treading one on the heels of another and with a strange crackling accompaniment, sounded more like the working of a gigantic electric machine than the usual detonating reverberations.
a The news of Aston's new girlfriend comes hot on the heels of the boys making their return to the spotlight after taking a well-deserved break.
pounds SS SSE are foreca SSE are forecast a 14% rise in profits And it's hot on the heels of British Gas's warning on Friday that prices will only go one way - up.
YOUSEF is back in the region again following hot on the heels of Erick
Doucin-Dahlke, who has worked on a variety of Asian design projects, including the Wasabe restaurant at Universal CityWalk, says the Asian trend was last seen in the early '60s (referred to as Chinese Modern and heavy on the black lacquer) but returned on the heels of feng shui, the ancient Chinese practice of creating a harmonious flow of life through furniture placement and natural elements such as moving water and potted plants.
Act-On's recognition as the Rising Star Company of the Year comes on the heels of the company's record setting company growth.
Yousef is back in the region again following hot on the heels of Erick Morillo who once again proved that he is one of the biggest DJ draws around in the North-East.