Definition of breathe down someone's neck in English:

breathe down someone's neck


  • 1Follow closely behind someone.

    ‘three wins would have seen us breathing down the neck of United at the top of the table’
    • ‘The claustrophobic camera follows him around the workshop, breathing down his neck.’
    • ‘He has a lead, but Kerry is breathing down his neck.’
    • ‘Take one last look in your rear-view mirror at that muscle-bound, angular-featured SUV bully breathing down your neck.’
    • ‘He was always right behind me, breathing down my neck.’
    • ‘Furthermore, France may be breathing down your neck.’
    1. 1.1 Constantly check up on someone.
      ‘she's quite capable of looking after herself without her parents breathing down her neck all the time’
      • ‘I've got the king breathing down my neck constantly.’
      • ‘If you quit breathing down my neck once in a while maybe I can actually do something right here!’
      • ‘‘I'm my own boss, there's no one breathing down my neck,’ he said.’
      • ‘The quicker Darlene can get her anger out, the less time you'll have to spend with her breathing down your neck.’
      • ‘Stifling a laugh is terribly hard, especially if the librarian is breathing down your neck from over ten feet away.’
      • ‘I can't sleep with you breathing down my neck.’
      • ‘You had to live with your parents breathing down your neck 24/7.’
      • ‘She tells him, ‘It must be hard to grow up when your father is breathing down your neck all the time.’’
      • ‘I've got enough things to deal with without you breathing down my neck all the time.’
      • ‘I wanted to enjoy some free time without her breathing down my neck.’
      harass, pester, nag, go on at, keep on at, keep after, badger, hound, harry, harp on at, chivvy, trouble, bother, worry, torment, annoy, plague, bedevil, persecute
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