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breathe down someone's neck

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1

Pursue someone closely; pose a threat to one, as in The immigration authorities were breathing down his neck. [Mid-1900s]

2

Watch or supervise someone very closely, as in The boss is always breathing down our necks. [Mid-1900s]

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