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

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

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

Word by Word Definitions

closeplay
  1. :  to move so as to bar passage through something

    :  to block against entry or passage

    :  to deny access to

  1. :  a coming or bringing to a conclusion

    :  a conclusion or end in time or existence :  cessation

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

  1. :  an enclosed area

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

    :  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

    :  confined or carefully guarded

    :  high

  1. :  in a close position or manner

hardplay
  1. :  not easily penetrated :  not easily yielding to pressure

    :  not capable of being spread :  very firm

    :  having a harsh or acid taste

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

    :  in a violent manner :  fiercely

    :  to an immoderate degree

  1. :  having a relatively high temperature

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

    :  having heat in a degree exceeding normal body heat

  1. :  hotly

    :  fast, quickly

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

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

  1. :  heat, warm

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

somethingplay
  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

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

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

    :  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

    :  to supply especially with money or information

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

  1. :  to lean to one side :  tip

    :  to lean temporarily (as from the action of wind or waves) — compare list

    :  to cause (a boat) tolean to one side

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

    :  the extent of such a tilt


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