breathe down someone's 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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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.