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    Question Meaning of "breathing down my back"

    Does it have the same meaning of "breathing down my neck"? If not, could you please post the meaning? :)

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    Re: Meaning of "breathing down my back"

    It must be the same, although the notion of "my back" means it's also not in front of me or to the side, so perhaps the speaker feels even more claustrophobic and creepy than the other expression would signify.

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    Cool Re: Meaning of "breathing down my back"

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    It must be the same, although the notion of "my back" means it's also not in front of me or to the side, so perhaps the speaker feels even more claustrophobic and creepy than the other expression would signify.
    I think if a person is behind another person's back, then how can he actually watch closely?! You can peek if you are behind someone's neck... But you are behind back, neither him nor the person who is being watched can actually watch...

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    Re: Meaning of "breathing down my back"

    Well, if you're sitting at a computer and someone is standing behind you....

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    Re: Meaning of "breathing down my back"

    "Breathing down my back" gets about 303,000 hits on google, while "breathing down my neck" gets about 1,750,000. From the context, the back version is clearly just a less common variation of the neck version.

    Both mean someone or something is uncomfortably close, usually in a metaphorical way but sometimes literally.

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    Re: Meaning of "breathing down my back"

    Maybe, it means that you are shocked, where your sweat flows down your back

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    Re: Meaning of "breathing down my back"

    Quote Originally Posted by hehh5gr View Post
    I think if a person is behind another person's back, then how can he actually watch closely?! You can peek if you are behind someone's neck... But you are behind back, neither him nor the person who is being watched can actually watch...

    If you're very close to someone, they will feel it and be restricted in their movements because you're following them so closely.

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