look over (one's) shoulder

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look over (one's) shoulder

1. To be suspicious, paranoid, or fearful about some danger or harm that may befall one. He may have escaped the police for now, but he'll spend every waking hour looking over his shoulder.
2. To monitor someone's actions, activities, or behavior to ensure it is correct or following a prescribed standard. Major corporations are opposing the legislation, wary of having the government constantly looking over their shoulder.
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looking over one's shoulder

Fig. keeping watch for danger or threats to oneself. Bob's a little paranoid. He's always looking over his shoulder.
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look over your shoulder

be anxious or insecure about a possible danger.
1990 Daily Star The chief executive…toasted the lifting of the takeover threat. ‘Now they can get on with running the business while not looking over their shoulders,’ says one city analyst.
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But Tynemouth are starting to look over their shoulders after a heavy defeat by Stockton.
HAPPY to let his luckhogging Alnmouth men look over their shoulders and down the table, Andrew Hodgson is targeting yet more wins.