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English definition of “be on sb's back”

be on sb's back

informal
to criticize someone several times in an annoying way: She's on my back again about those sales figures - I just haven't had a moment to do them.Disapproving and criticizingDamaging reputation Grammar:BackBack is an adverb, noun, adjective or verb.Grammar:Back as an adverb[taking a photograph]Grammar:Back as a nounGrammar:Back as an adjectiveGrammar:Back as a verb[talking about a pet dog]
(Definition of be on sb's back from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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