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Special Expressions with Body Parts (#10), by Dennis Oliver 

expressions with neck

 

Here are some more common idioms and expressions with
body parts. This time they use neck:


expression
 
meaning
neck (verb)   to exchange kisses, hugs,
and caresses
     
break one's neck  

(1) break the bones of
ones neck (literal meaning)

(2) work very hard in
order to try to achieve
something difficult

     
breathe down
someone's neck
  be uncomfortably close
to someone; observe
someone too closely
     
rubber-neck (verb)   to stretch one's neck in order
to see what is happening
     
running neck
and neck
 

literally, to be running
at the same pace: neither
is ahead of the other
(from horse racing);

figuratively, to perform
equally as well as another
in a race or competition

     
save one's neck  

literally, to escape from
being hanged;

figuratively, to escape
punishment that
was expected

     
stick one's neck out   do or say something
even though one realizes
that it may result in

being criticized or in
unpleasant consequences
     
win / lose by a neck  

literally, win or lose
a horse race by the
length of a horse's neck
(from horse racing);

figuratively, to win or
lose by a very small margin


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