on someone's tail

Definition of on someone's tail


  1. :  following closely behind someone The sheriff was hot on their tails.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  some person :  somebody

  1. :  the rear end or a process or prolongation of the rear end of the body of an animal

    :  something resembling an animal's tail in shape or position: such as

    :  a luminous stream of particles, gases, or ions extending from a comet especially in the antisolar direction

  1. :  to connect end to end

    :  to remove the tail of (an animal) :  dock

    :  to remove the stem or bottom part of

  1. :  entail

  1. :  limited as to tenure :  entailed

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