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I am looking for an expression that means "right after finishing something, start something". For some reason, the words "fresh off the heels" keep springing up but I googled them and it's not an expression.

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Or the idiom:

on the heels of

The oral examination came on the heels of the qualifying exam.

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Sometimes something happening right after something else is said to be "hard on the heels of." – JLG Jul 7 '12 at 19:58

Fresh/hot off the press

This might be what you're thinking of/looking for.

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How about "Immediately thereafter"?

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