Today you can learn five more idioms about body parts, specifically about the neck and throat.
To breathe down (someone's) neckThis idiom means to pressure or carefully watch everything another person is doing. A boss may breathe down the neck of an employee who is not doing his job well.
Example: I'm sorry, but I can't go with you to the pub after work today. I have to work overtime, because my boss is breathing down my neck to finish this project!The image of this idiom is that there is one person is standing behind another person, watching everything the front person does. The back person is standing so closely that the front person can feel the breath of the other on their neck. (more…)