Definition of be looking over one's shoulders in English:

be looking over one's shoulders

phrase

  • Be anxious or insecure about a possible danger.

    ‘takeovers are the thing that keeps suppliers looking over their shoulders’
    • ‘Portsmouth and Fulham will be looking over their shoulders.’
    • ‘Some of the more established teams should be looking over their shoulders.’
    • ‘People were looking over their shoulders, and it was hinted that the secret police had apprehended the ones that were missing.’
    • ‘It will increase competition and everyone will be looking over their shoulders.’
    • ‘Some of you pros should be looking over your shoulders.’
    • ‘Staff could be looking over their shoulders, worried about their jobs, for months.’
    • ‘They didn't want to be looking over their shoulders.’
    • ‘Consumer-electronics companies worldwide had better be looking over their shoulders.’
    • ‘Dave Pascoe added both conversions to cut the difference to just ten points, and suddenly Oxford were looking over their shoulders.’
    • ‘Now it looks like everybody is looking over their shoulders.’