verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Words nearby neck
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 neckneck·er, nounneck·less, adjectiveneck·like, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for stick one's neck out
- 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 stick one's neck out
Idioms and Phrases with stick one's neck out (1 of 2)
Make oneself vulnerable, take a risk, as in I'm going to stick my neck out and ask for a raise. This expression probably alludes to a chicken extending its neck before being slaughtered. [Colloquial; early 1900s]
Idioms and Phrases with stick one's neck out (2 of 2)
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)