verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
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Idioms for neck
- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM necknecker, nounneckless, adjectivenecklike, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for neck
The Hoobat moved, rearing up on the tips of its six legs, its neckless head slowly revolving on its puffy shoulders.Plague Ship|Andre Norton
In a community of waist less, neckless women she was as slender as a young tree, and held her head like a swan.The Huntress|Hulbert Footner
Taller than Hume, but hunched forward in its neckless outline, the thing was a monster.Star Hunter|Andre Alice Norton
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 forms of necknecker, noun
Word Origin for neck
Medical 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)