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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With Hearts the runaway leaders, Rangers' hopes of promotion will go up in smoke if they slip out of second place with Hibernian breathing down their neck.
The Hare Lane side have Rossendale breathing down their neck, and it is certain to be a very tense afternoon indeed for both clubs.
Sutton Coldfield's 8-3 defeat of Kingswinford leaves them top of the Shropshire table with Hatherton Cannock breathing down their neck following an 11-4 win over Bridgnorth.
City were breathing down their neck right from the off.
Teachers need to be able to help youngsters who are suffering without a shortsighted law breathing down their neck.
St Pat's, Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers are all breathing down their neck and are determined to knock them off their stride.
"And they are going to have us breathing down their neck in every street in every shopping centre in the UK.
BATH'S defeat at Newcastle yesterday means they slip to fourth in the Premiership, with Saracens, who recorded a comfortable win over Sale, breathing down their neck for that crucial home play-off berth.
Commercial manager Ian Thomson said: "The race between ourselves and leaders Thornton is keeping things interesting and we intend to keep breathing down their neck.
There's not many people who would fancy the Great White Shark breathing down their neck.
Beaten in the Hun Sen Cup quarterfinals on penalties by NagaWorld, who are also breathing down their necks in the race for the Metfone C-League top spot, defending champions Boeung Ket will have to up the ante when they face the threat of joint second Visakha when the two meet at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday.
For a while, it appeared like Game 2 would follow the same script as the series-opener where the Cargo Movers won the first two sets, only to see the Blaze Spikers come breathing down their necks in the third.
GARY ROWETT has warned the top six in the Championship that in-form Derby are breathing down their necks.
Falkirk have Hibs breathing down their necks in the race for second place in the Ladbrokes Championship which means two fewer games in the playoffs and they could be level on points by the time this kicks off.
EASTHAM Home Guard B are ending the year with lots of promise as they lead division one by three points with Lyceum 'F' menacingly breathing down their necks. The relegation battle is tight with only four points separating the bottom six teams.