Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(on/off) sb's case

on my caseoff my case
Meaning(s)
1) consistently bothering, nagging or interfering in sb's affairs
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    • why are you always on my case?
  • Analysis

    If you are 'on someone's case' it means to frequently criticise them and their actions behaviours or habits. If someone is continually monitoring you or commenting on what you are doing you can tell them to 'get off my case', which is another way of asking someone to 'leave you alone'. This is a very informal expression usually used with people you know very well or in social situations. Telling someone to 'get off your case' might be insulting in the wrong context.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. When it came to exercise and eating healthy food, my Mom was always on our case.
    2. Get off my case! the driver shouted at the police officer.
    3. My wife is always on my case about keeping the house tidy.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. My supervisor is always on my case about keeping track of orders, but he never seems to keep track of them himself.
    2. I don't mean to be on your case but I have sent all of this information to you by email. Do you actually read it?
    3. My boss has always been on my case about upskilling. I think I'm actually going to go and do it this year.
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