to breathe down sb’s neck

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Expressions | 0 comments

to breathe down sb’s neck

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Expressions | 0 comments

This micro-dictation contains the idiom 'to breathe down somebody's neck'. Do you know this idiom? How much of the sentence can you understand?

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Language: C1 (Advanced)  //  Accent: English (Northern England)

This micro-dictation contains the idiom 'to breathe down somebody's neck'. Do you know this idiom? How much of the sentence can you understand?

 

Listen as many times as you need to, then check your understanding and practise using the new language.

 

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Language: C1 (Advanced)  //  Accent: English (Northern England)

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wouldn't all the time – it's doesn't trust me.

I he wouldn't breathe my all the time – it's he doesn't trust me.

About the sentence

to breathe down sb's neck

to breathe down somebody's neck = to monitor someone very closely, watching everything they do.

When someone (e.g. your boss) is watching you very closely or checking up on you very frequently, it is almost like they are standing right behind you, so close that you can feel their breath on your neck.  We can use this expression whenever someone won't give us space and is watching us too closely.


Remember, we use the structure:

I wish + subject + would/wouldn't + verb

when we we want to make a wish about someone else, usually about something they do which annoys us. e.g. I wish he wouldn't chew with his mouth open - it's grossdisgusting.

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  • Have you ever had a boss who monitored you too closely? How did you feel about it?

  • When you were growing up, did your parents give you space (e.g. to play or do your homework) or were they always breathing down your neck?

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