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American English: /nɛk/
British English: /nɛk/

Translation of neck in Spanish:


  • 1 (Anatomy)
    (of person) cuello (masculine)
    the back of the neck
    la nuca
    I've got a stiff neck
    tengo tortícolis
    if you say that again, I'll break your neck [colloquial]
    si vuelves a decir eso te rompo la crisma [colloquial]
    to be dead from the neck up [colloquial]
    no tener dos dedos de frente [colloquial]
    to be up to one's neck in something [colloquial]she's up to her neck in work/trouble
    está hasta aquí de trabajo/problemas [colloquial]
    you're in this business up to your neck
    estás metido en este asunto hasta el cuello [colloquial]
    they're up to their necks in debt
    deben hasta la camisa [colloquial]
    to break one's neck (work hard) [colloquial]
    matarse (trabajando)
    deslomarse [colloquial]
    (lit: in accident) desnucarse
    romperse el cuello
    to breathe down somebody's neck [colloquial]
    estarle encima a alguien
    you're always breathing down my neck
    todo el día me estás encima or te tengo encima
    to get it or catch it in the neck [colloquial]
    llevarse una buena [colloquial]
    to risk one's neck [colloquial]
    jugarse or arriesgar el pellejo [colloquial]
    to stick one's neck out [colloquial]
    to wring somebody's neck [colloquial]
    retorcerle el pescuezo a alguien [colloquial]
    (before noun) (muscle/injury)
    del cuello
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    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.
    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 (Clothing)
    (measurement) cuello (masculine)
    a high neck
    un cuello cerrado
    the dress has a low neck
    el vestido es muy escotado
    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.
    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.
  • 3 3.1 (of pork, beef, lamb) (esp British)
    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.
    3.2 (in horse-racing) to win/lose by a (short) neck
    ganar/perder por una cabeza
  • 4
    (of bottle, vase) cuello (masculine)
    (of guitar, violin) mástil (masculine)
    (of land, water) istmo (masculine)
    the neck of the womb
    el cuello uterino or del útero
    my/this neck of the woods [colloquial]
    mis/estos pagos [colloquial]
    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.
    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.
    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.

intransitive verb

  • [colloquial]
    besuquearse [colloquial]
    darse or pegarse el lote (Spain) [colloquial]
    fajarse (Mexico) [colloquial]
    chapar (Río de la Plata) [colloquial]
    amacizarse (Colombia) [colloquial]
    atracar (Chile) [colloquial]
    jamonearse (Venezuela) [colloquial]
    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.
    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.
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