breathe down someone'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. 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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Even the rule of four persons standing for hours on one sq m of concrete is hard to follow and is a case of breathing down one's neck and perspiring profusely.
To most people at this time of year, a grape is something that can be turned into booze to be slung down one's neck as fast as possible, probably with the intention of making the festive season go past as fast as possible in a total blur - or perhaps I'm just an old cynic.