- 1The part of a person’s or animal’s body connecting the head to the rest of the body: she had a silver crucifix around her neckMore example sentences
- I grabbed the bars again, and craned my stiff neck to look out as far as I could.
- She was breathing heavily and rubbing her sore neck with one hand.
- She stretched her long, graceful neck out to me and I drew back a little.
- 1.1The part of a garment that is around or close to the neck: her dress had three buttons at the neck undone a round neckMore example sentences
- I pulled the neck of my gown close about me and asked: ‘You guys sure you want to be out in this?’
- He caught hold of the neck of the offending garment and ripped it clean to the hem.
- Putting the logo on the sleeve or the neck is a popular, fresh approach that especially suits camp shirts.
- 1.2 [mass noun] Meat from an animal’s neck: neck of lambMore example sentences
- For beef, good casserole cuts are shin, brisket, neck, topside, thick flank or shoulder.
- Richard freeze-dried the head and neck and saved the meat for venison patties.
- TODAY IS St Patrick's Day and one thing you can be sure of in Ireland is a good Irish stew, made with lamb neck, onions and potatoes.
- 1.3A person’s neck regarded as bearing a burden of responsibility or guilt: he’ll be stuck with a loan around his neckMore example sentences
- Who wants a heavy burden that hangs around your neck for years like a dead raccoon?
- And it's real, and it's out there, and Gore just happens to have the anchor around his neck.
- You've been nothing but a ball and chain of heartache and hurt hanging around my neck for too many Godforsaken years.
- 2A narrow connecting or end part of something, in particular:More example sentences
- There was blossom on the trees, birds were singing and a stork was nesting in the neck of a rusting water tower on an abandoned farm.
- 2.1The part of a bottle or other container near the mouth: he seized the neck of the whisky bottleMore example sentences
- Instead, she fitted a funnel attachment to the neck of the red bottle.
- She said Gavin, then 17, had been seen waving a bottle by its neck.
- He told the court how the man stared aggressively at him before walking over holding an empty bottle by the neck.
- 2.2A narrow piece of land or sea, such as an isthmus or channel: the narrow neck of land between loch and seaMore example sentences
- After an hour's steaming they came to a channel between two narrow necks of land through which the tide rushed with the frenzy of the Severn Bore.
- A narrow neck of land at the southeast corner of the peninsula connects it with the adjacent upland.
- To divert Turkish attention, the Royal Naval Division would make a feint attack at Bulair, at the narrow neck of the peninsula.
- 2.3 Anatomy A narrow part near one end of an organ, such as the uterus: the neck of the womb, usually called the cervixMore example sentences
- The narrow neck of the uterus is called the cervix.
- However, results may be limited, because the bladder neck and median prostate lobe cannot be treated.
- A common example of this is the cervical smear test, which is a biopsy of the cells around a woman's cervix, the neck of the womb.
- 2.4The part of a violin, guitar, or other similar instrument that bears the fingerboard.More example sentences
- A European bowed string instrument with a neck and resonator carved from a single piece of wood.
- D.J. steepled his fingers against the neck of his guitar, and then bent them over the chords.
- I ran my fingers down the neck of the guitar, relishing how smooth and polished it felt.
- 2.5 (often volcanic neck) Geology A column of solidified lava or igneous rock formed in a volcanic vent, especially when exposed by erosion.More example sentences
- The western range, called the Black Mountains, is a rugged terrain with numerous volcanic necks and lava flows.
- Climbers had been daunted by this 1,700-foot volcanic neck for years; at least one had died trying to reach the top.
- Over here is Belougery Spire, OK, and that's an old volcanic neck.
- 2.6 Botany A narrow supporting part in a plant, especially the terminal part of the fruiting body in a fern, bryophyte, or fungus.More example sentences
- Earlier works were focused only on formation of coated buds connected to the initial membrane by narrow membrane necks.
- Stem growth should also be absent and the neck and base of the bulb should be firm and rot free.
- 3The length of a horse’s head and neck as a measure of its lead in a race: Dolpour won by a neck from Wood DancerMore example sentences
- Her only loss was a second-place finish by a neck in an allowance race on May 9 at Lyon-Parilly.
- Bandari took to the front with four furlongs to go but he was pressured all the way to the finish by a group of five other horses before eventually winning by a head and a neck.
- Kicking King edged out Monkerhostin by a neck on Monday to win the King George VI Chase at Sandown.
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- 1 [no object] • informal (Of two people) kiss and caress amorously: we started necking on the sofaMore example sentences
- As a big fan myself, I was glad to see so many folks just can't get enough kissing, necking, smooching, or whatever you like to call the delicious union of lips, tongues and mouths.
- I fondly recall my early sexual experiences, where discovery, anticipation, and mystery were such a big part of the excitement, and you spent hours just necking before even thinking of heading south - if you even dared.
- I was speechless, however, when I found that the pair who had been observed necking in the farthest corner of the room about an hour ago remained in the same position, totally oblivious to the happenings around them.
- 2 [with object] British • informal Swallow (something, especially a drink): after necking some beers, we left the barMore example sentences
- Mark and Will saw me necking my drink in an effort to escape, and saved me by calling me over to tell me something ‘very important’.
- It was Ursula down in reception, ready for our joint leaving do, so I necked the drink and carted off my stuff, taking a last look around the office that has been a second home for the last six years.
- She then returned alone into the pub, necked her drink, stared at everyone in threatening manner and left to puzzled looks all round.
- 3 [no object] (often neck down) Form a narrowed part at a particular point when subjected to tension: the nylon filament necks down to a fraction of its original diameterMore example sentences
- Because an appreciable fraction of the plastic deformation will be concentrated in the necked region of the tension specimen, the value of e f will depend on the gage length L 0 over which the measurement was taken.
- He thinks that Shimano's pin, by necking down, allows the hole to constrict again after being stretched by the flared leading tip, while his damages the hole less with its smoother, gapless transition from leading tip to pin.
break one's neck to do something
- • informal Exert oneself to the utmost to achieve something: he had to break his neck to make Price’s work look goodMore example sentences
- But tonight showed the contrast between a guy who's finished his agenda and a guy who's breaking his neck to implement a new agenda.
- I support this, although I wouldn't break my neck to fight for it.
- You do not seem to enjoy being in their company, even though Natasha breaks her neck to make you comfortable.
get (or catch) it in the neck
- British • informal Be severely criticized or punished: whenever I try to help someone, I seem to get it in the neckMore example sentences
- I do still fail to see why Liverpool got it in the neck in your article as a result.
- So you see the great guys getting it in the neck and you say, well, why should I be any different?
- Salmon farmers have a hard enough time dealing with anti-farm protesters, regulations and international competition without getting it in the neck from their clients as well.
have the neck to do something
- • informal Have the impudence or nerve to do something: he had the neck to say I wasn’t going to marry the manMore example sentences
- Imagine having the neck to take a week's holidays after sitting for a mere 12 days on their return from a 14-week summer holiday.
- It will be interesting to see how many members of the Irish Government and the Opposition who have colluded with them will have the neck to come to County Limerick in St Patrick's week to shake the hand of Lech Walesa.
- It was estimated that 20,000 Lions supporters had descended on Brisbane for the game but just one had the neck to get the exact shot he wanted at the big time.
neck and neck
- Level in a race or other competition: opinion polls showed the two major parties neck and neckMore example sentences
- It happened just as a Gold Cup was reaching its closing stages, with about five horses racing neck and neck.
- In this instance, you have the unsavory spectacle of blatant cynicism racing neck and neck with latent xenophobia.
- Helian jumped up right behind her, and soon they were racing neck and neck.
neck of the woods
- • informal A particular area: fancy seeing her in this neck of the woods!More example sentences
- On weekends we'd take turns cruising the various town and villages in our neck of the woods.
- Naturally, I was delighted to hear he'd be making a pit stop in my neck of the woods on his way back from Northern Ireland.
- City slicker smart alecs don't go down well in this neck of the woods - a constituency comprising a huge swathe of rural Ulster.
up to one's neck in
- • informal Seriously or busily involved in: they were up to their necks in debtMore example sentences
- Before you know it, you're up to your neck in zombies.
- Because they are up to their neck in it, the police and the politicians turn a blind eye.
- They were up to their neck in corrupt practice and that was the way that the thing went.
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- When you add up the rest of the bits, an average bald, plucked, neckless, gutless chicken weighs about 4 pounds.
- With respect to the last criteria, I have to note that on entering, I noticed some neckless fat men with gold chains accompanied by very young, skinny pouting girls.
- A red velvet curtain serves as a door and is patrolled by a neckless bodybuilder in a tuxedo.
Old English hnecca 'back of the neck', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch nek 'neck' and German Nacken 'nape'.