close/hard/hot on someone's or something's heels

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of close/hard/hot on someone's or something's heels

:chasing or following someone or something very closely
  • The police were hot on his heels.

Word by Word Definitions

close play
  1. : to move so as to bar passage through something

  2. : to block against entry or passage

  3. : to deny access to

  1. : a coming or bringing to a conclusion

  2. : a conclusion or end in time or existence : cessation

  3. : the concluding passage (as of a speech or play)

  1. : an enclosed area

  2. : the precinct (see precinct 2a) of a cathedral

  3. : a narrow passage leading from a street to a court and the houses within or to the common stairway of tenements

  1. : having no openings : closed

  2. : confined or carefully guarded

  3. : high

  1. : in a close position or manner

hard play
  1. : not easily penetrated : not easily yielding to pressure

  2. : not capable of being spread : very firm

  3. : having a harsh or acid taste

  1. : with great or utmost effort or energy : strenuously

  2. : in a violent manner : fiercely

  3. : to the full extent

hot play
  1. : having a relatively high temperature

  2. : capable of giving a sensation of heat or of burning, searing, or scalding

  3. : having heat in a degree exceeding normal body heat

  1. : hotly

  2. : fast, quickly

  1. : a period of relatively high temperature : a period of heat

  2. : one that is hot (such as a hot meal or a horse just after a workout)

  3. : strong sexual desire

  1. : heat, warm

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

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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