be/go/keep on at somebody

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be on at

1. To be televised at a particular time. In this usage, "be on at" is a set phrase. The movie is on at 8, so I'm going to start making the popcorn now.
2. To nag someone about something. In this usage, "at" is followed by a noun or pronoun. Ugh, my mom is on at me all the time about my grades, but I just have no interest in the classes I'm taking this semester.
See also: on

keep (going) on at someone or something

to continue to complain about or scold someone or a group. Don't keep going on at him. Give him the dickens and be done with it. Please don't keep on at the committee. They did the best they could.
See also: keep, on

be/go/keep ˈon at somebody (to do something)

(informal, disapproving) keep criticizing somebody or telling them what to do, etc: He keeps on at her all the time about her smoking.
See also: keep, on, somebody