The part of a person’s or animal’s body connecting the head to the rest of the body
Put one’s standing or reputation at risk by proceeding with a particular course of action
Rescue someone from danger or difficulty
the cop grabbed Malloy by the neck
A neckline of a garment, having straight sides meeting at a point to form a V-shape
Of a person: having a particularly short neck, and (usually) a stocky build; (of a stance) resulting from a shortness of neck.
A type of wide neckline on a garment that passes just below the collarbone
A neckline on a woman’s garment that hangs in draped folds
A close-fitting, round neckline, especially on a sweater or T-shirt
A horse’s neck of which the upper outline curves downward instead of upward
(attributive) (of clothing) low-necked.
Beef from the necks of cattle (considered to be of inferior quality). Now rare.
Originally: the part of the spine in the neck; the cervical spine. Later also: each of the individual bones of this part of the spine; a cervical vertebra.
Botany a neck canal cell.
A cut of meat taken from the end of the neck nearest the head (opposed to best-end); the lean or scrag-end.
The hollow in the back of the neck; the space between the back of the neck and the collar. Now rare (chiefly regional in later use).
Wrestling. A form of stranglehold. Now also in similar sports and more generally: any disabling grip around the neck.
On a wig: a lock of hair falling to the neck, especially a cylindrical curl or sausage-curl.
Alcoholic drink, especially beer.
The technique of using the pressure of a rein held against a horse's neck to guide or turn it; an instance of this.
Of a horse: to be guided or turned by pressure of a rein against the neck on the opposite side to the direction to be turned.
(Especially in Gymnastics) a swing of the body backwards to rest on the back of the neck.
Any of several diseases affecting the necks of bulbs or plants; especially a disease of onions caused by the fungus Botrytis allii, characterized by blackening and decay of the top of the affected bulbs.
Any large vein in the neck; specifically the external jugular vein.
A collar of a shirt, sweater, etc., that leaves the neck uncovered.
British term for turtleneck.
Any of a number of ring-necked birds, in particular
A high loosely turned-over collar
A curved structure shaped like a swan’s neck
A neck for a knit garment similar to a turtleneck but shorter and without a fold
(Of a woman’s garment) held up by a strap around the neck
A drink consisting of ginger ale, a twist of lemon peel, and liquor, typically brandy
Scottish. A fall in which the neck is broken; (figurative) destruction; downfall. Now rare.
The channel within the neck of an archegonium.
A collar worn by a person. In quot. 1821 figurative: a hangman's noose. Now chiefly historical.
A defeat by a neck.
Fillet of lamb taken from the neck (scrag end).
A frill of material at the neck of a garment, a ruff.
Of meat: the part of a carcass between the shoulder and the head.
A length or square of lightweight fabric worn around the neck
A towel worn or carried on or around the neck; (formerly) specifically a cloth for wiping dishes carried by a servant, waiter, etc.
A Latin verse printed in black letter (usually the beginning of Psalm 51 Miserere mei Deus, ‘Have mercy upon me, O God’) formerly set before a person claiming benefit of clergy, by reading which he might prove his clerical status and hence save his neck. In later use historical.
Slang (usually depreciative). Thin, scrawny; weak, effete.
A very low-cut neckline on a woman's garment.
A deeply curved wide neckline on a garment
A peninsula in the southeast Bronx in New York City that gives its name to a major bridge, which crosses Long Island South to Queens on Long Island
Even in a race, competition, or comparison
A moulding on the neck of a capital.