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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
neck /nɛk/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
v. [no object]
- Anatomythe part of the body that connects the head and the trunk.
- the part of a garment around, partly covering, or closest to the neck;
neckline:a blouse with a low neck.
- a slender part that resembles a neck:a bottle with a narrow neck; a guitar with a slender neck.
- a narrow strip of land, or a channel for water.
- Informal Termsto engage in kissing and caressing.
- Informal Terms, Idiomsneck and neck, just even or very close:The candidates were neck and neck in the polls.
- Informal Terms, Idiomsneck of the woods, neighborhood or surrounding area:In his neck of the woods he was considered a good salesman.
- Idiomsstick one's neck out, [no object][Informal.]to make oneself vulnerable by taking a risk:willing to stick his neck out if it meant saving his friends.
(nek),USA pronunciation n.
- Zoology, Anatomythe part of the body of an animal or human being that connects the head and the trunk.
- the part of a garment encircling, partly covering, or closest to the neck;
- Zoologythe length of the neck of a horse or other animal as a measure in racing.
- the slender part near the top of a bottle, vase, or similar object.
- any narrow, connecting, or projecting part suggesting the neck of an animal.
- Geographya narrow strip of land, as an isthmus or a cape.
- Geographya strait.
- the longer and more slender part of a violin or similar stringed instrument, extending from the body to the head.
- Mechanical Engineering, Building[Building Trades, Mach.]the part on a shank of a bolt next to the head, esp. when it has a special form.
- Anatomya narrowed part of a bone, organ, or the like.
- Dentistrythe slightly narrowed region of a tooth between the crown and the root.
- Printingbeard (def. 5).
- Architecturea cylindrical continuation of the shaft of a column above the lower astragal of the capital, as in the Roman Doric and Tuscan orders.
- GeologyAlso called volcanic neck. the solidified lava or igneous rock filling a conduit leading either to a vent of an extinct volcano or to a laccolith.
- Idioms, Informal Termsbe up to one's neck, [Informal.]to have a surfeit;
be overburdened:Right now she's up to her neck in work.
- Informal Terms, Idiomsbreak one's neck, to make a great effort:We broke our necks to get there on time.
- Slang Terms, Idiomsget it in the neck:
- Idiomsto suffer punishment or loss:The trend is to consolidation and small businesses are getting it in the neck.
- Idiomsto be rejected or dismissed:The employees got it in the neck when the company moved overseas.
- Idiomsto be sharply reprimanded or scolded.
- Informal Terms, Idiomsneck and neck, even or very close;
indeterminate as to the outcome:They were coming toward the finish line neck and neck.
- Informal Terms, Idiomsneck of the woods, neighborhood, area, or vicinity:Next time you're in this neck of the woods, drop in.
- Informal Terms, Idiomsstick one's neck out, to expose oneself to danger, disaster, failure, disgrace, etc.;
take a risk:He stuck his neck out by supporting an unpopular candidate.
- win by a neck:
- Idiomsto win by a small amount or narrow margin.
- Idioms[Racing.]to be first by a head and neck;
- Informal Terms(of two persons) to embrace, kiss, and caress one another amorously.
- Informal Termsto embrace, kiss, and caress (someone) amorously.
- to strangle or behead.
- bef. 900; Middle English nekke, Old English hnecca, cognate with Dutch nek nape of neck; akin to German Nacken, Old Norse hnakki nape of neck
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
neck /nɛk/ n
- the part of an organism connecting the head with the rest of the body
- the part of a garment around or nearest the neck
- something resembling a neck in shape or position: the neck of a bottle
- a constricted portion of an organ or part, such as the cervix of the uterus
- a narrow or elongated projecting strip of land; a peninsula or isthmus
- a strait or channel
- the part of a violin, cello, etc, that extends from the body to the tuning pegs and supports the fingerboard
- a solid block of lava from the opening of an extinct volcano, exposed after erosion of the surrounding rock
- the length of a horse's head and neck taken as an approximate distance by which one horse beats another in a race: to win by a neck
- informal impudence; audacity
- the narrow band at the top of the shaft of a column between the necking and the capital, esp as used in the Tuscan order
- get it in the neck ⇒ informal to be reprimanded or punished severely
- neck and neck ⇒ absolutely level or even in a race or competition
- neck of the woods ⇒ informal an area or locality: a quiet neck of the woods
- informal 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
- stick one's neck out ⇒ informal to risk criticism, ridicule, failure, etc, by speaking one's mind
Etymology: Old English hnecca; related to Old High German hnack, Old Irish cnocc hill
- (intransitive) informal to kiss, embrace, or fondle someone or one another passionately
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