at someone's heels

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of at someone's heels

: following someone very closely
  • The dog was right at my heels.
  • He once had a big lead in the campaign, but now the other candidates are at his heels.

Word by Word Definitions

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

heel play heels
  1. : the back of the human foot below the ankle and behind the arch

  2. : the part of the hind limb of other vertebrates that is similar in structure to the human heel

  3. : an anatomical structure suggestive of the human heel

  1. : to furnish (a boot, a shoe, etc.) with a solid attachment forming the part of the sole that is under the back of the foot : to attach a heel (see 1heel 4b) to

  2. : to supply especially with money or information

  3. : to exert pressure on, propel, or strike (someone or something) with the back part of the foot

  1. : to lean to one side : tip

  2. : to cause (a boat) tolean to one side

  1. : a tilt (as of a boat) to one side


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