Definition of on someone's tail in US English:

on someone's tail

phrase

  • Following someone closely.

    ‘a police car stayed on his tail for half a mile’
    • ‘He ran after the group, staying on their tail as they headed into High Woods Country Park.’
    • ‘Drug dealers who plague Swindon's streets are today warned that police are on their tail.’
    • ‘The police stayed on his tail for four miles, until he pulled over once more.’
    • ‘On his tail is FBI agent Carl Hanratty and his team of oafs.’
    • ‘That would explain all ten of the police cars on our tail, plus a couple of vans.’
    • ‘He ducked and dodged around the buildings, trying to lose his pursuers but they managed to stay on his tail.’
    • ‘She swerved between buildings, statues, and anything that might make them lose her, but they stayed on her tail.’
    • ‘Let's say you're about to get fired or you've just killed a man and the police are on your tail.’
    • ‘Letting her bike swerve, she halted a few inches from the track railing and stayed on his tail.’
    • ‘Two burglars were today behind bars after a passing motorist tracked them through the streets of York and put police on their tail, the city's crown court heard.’
    close behind someone, following someone closely, on someone's heels, hard on someone's heels, tailing someone
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