verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to suffer punishment or loss: The trend is to consolidation and small businesses are getting it in the neck.
- to be rejected or dismissed: The employees got it in the neck when the company moved overseas.
- to be sharply reprimanded or scolded.
- to win by a small amount or narrow margin.
- Racing. to be first by a head and neck; finish closely.
Origin of neck
Related formsneck·er, nounneck·less, adjectiveneck·like, adjective
Examples from the Web for neck
But his fingers moved through her silky strands of hair, and then down her neck.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
His chin rested on the thick plastic collar buckled around his neck.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau|Ian Frisch|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I received many bruises on my collarbones, neck, chest, and shoulders.
Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo then sought to bring the hulking Garner down by yoking him around the neck.
The 21-year-old was shot three times—twice in the back and once in the back of his neck.Chicago’s Cops Don’t Even Get Investigated for Shooting People in the Back|Justin Glawe|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“I will fasten up your dress in the neck if that is what you want,” said she.The Shoulders of Atlas|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
I pinned a clean towel round my neck, barber fashion, and pulling the pins out of my hair, shook it down over my shoulders.The Motor Maid|Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
In his fortitude, he had not even thought of this supreme piety; and he flung his arms round the old woman's neck.La Grenadiere|Honore de Balzac
His head was covered with an iron cap; but as he looked he laid bare a thin strip of his neck.Myths and Folk Tales of Ireland|Jeremiah Curtin
Once, her moving fingers 155 felt the little bag hanging from its leathern thong about her neck, in which was the fairy crystal.Heart of the Blue Ridge|Waldron Baily
British Dictionary definitions for neck
- save one's neck to escape from a difficult or dangerous situation
- save someone's neck to help someone else escape from such a situation
Derived Formsnecker, noun
Word Origin for neck
Medicine definitions for neck
Idioms and Phrases with neck
In addition to the idioms beginning with neck
- neck and neck
- neck of the woods
- albatross around one's neck
- break one's back (neck)
- breathe down someone's neck
- dead from the neck up
- millstone around one's neck
- pain in the neck
- risk life and limb (one's neck)
- save someone's bacon (neck)
- stick one's neck out
- up to one's ears (neck)