breathe down someone's neck

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of breathe down someone's neck

1 : to chase after someone closely
  • The cops were breathing down our necks.
2 : to watch someone carefully and constantly
  • His parents are always breathing down his neck.

Word by Word Definitions

breathe play
  1. : to draw air into and expel it from the lungs : respire

  2. : to inhale and exhale freely

  3. : to blow softly

down play
  1. : toward or in a lower physical position

  2. : to a lying or sitting position

  3. : toward or to the ground, floor, or bottom

  1. : down (see 1down) along, around, through, toward, in, into, or on

  1. : to cause to go or come down (see 1down) : such as

  2. : to cause to fall by or as if by shooting : bring down

  3. : consume

  1. : occupying a low position

  2. : directed or going downward

  3. : lower in price

  1. : descent, depression

  2. : an instance of putting down someone (such as an opponent in wrestling)

  3. : a complete play to advance the ball

  1. : an undulating usually treeless upland with sparse soil

  2. : a sheep of any breed originating in the downs of southern England

  1. : a covering of soft fluffy feathers

  2. : something soft and fluffy like down

  1. : down syndrome

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

neck play
  1. : the part of an animal that connects the head with the body

  2. : the siphon of a bivalve mollusk (such as a clam)

  3. : the part of a garment that covers or is next to the neck

  1. : to kiss and caress amorously

  2. : to reduce in diameter

  3. : to engage in amorous kissing and caressing


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