on (one's) tail

on (one's) tail

Following or pursuing very close behind someone. The cops are on our tail—we have to lose them in the woods. Why is this guy sitting on my tail when I'm already going over the speed limit?
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on someone's tail

Inf. Fig. following someone closely. (See also on someone's heels.) There is a huge truck on my tail. What should I do? Keep on her tail and don't let her out of your sight.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

on your tail

COMMON If someone is on your tail, they are following you closely or are chasing you and trying to catch you. He entered the finishing lap of the race with Piper right on his tail. He heard the wail of police sirens, loud and close by. They must be on his tail at last.
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on somebody’s ˈtail

(informal) (of the police, a spy, etc.) following behind somebody very closely: I had the feeling there was someone on my tail.
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on someone’s tail

mod. following someone closely. There is a huge truck on my tail. What should I do?
See also: on, tail
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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