Pronunciation: (nek), [key]
1. the part of the body of an animal or human being that connects the head and the trunk.
2. the part of a garment encircling, partly covering, or closest to the neck; neckline.
3. the length of the neck of a horse or other animal as a measure in racing.
4. the slender part near the top of a bottle, vase, or similar object.
5. any narrow, connecting, or projecting part suggesting the neck of an animal.
6. a narrow strip of land, as an isthmus or a cape.
7. a strait.
8. the longer and more slender part of a violin or similar stringed instrument, extending from the body to the head.
9. Building Trades, Mach.the part on a shank of a bolt next to the head, esp. when it has a special form.
10. Anat.a narrowed part of a bone, organ, or the like.
11. Dentistry.the slightly narrowed region of a tooth between the crown and the root.
12. Print.beard (def. 5).
13. Archit.a cylindrical continuation of the shaft of a column above the lower astragal of the capital, as in the Roman Doric and Tuscan orders.
14. Also called volcanic neck. Geol.the solidified lava or igneous rock filling a conduit leading either to a vent of an extinct volcano or to a laccolith.
15. be up to one's neck, Informal.to have a surfeit; be overburdened: Right now she's up to her neck in work.
16. break one's neck, Informal.to make a great effort: We broke our necks to get there on time.
17. get it in the neck, Slang.
a. to suffer punishment or loss: The trend is to consolidation and small businesses are getting it in the neck.
b. to be rejected or dismissed: The employees got it in the neck when the company moved overseas.
c. to be sharply reprimanded or scolded.
18. neck and neck, even or very close; indeterminate as to the outcome: They were coming toward the finish line neck and neck.
19. neck of the woods, Informal.neighborhood, area, or vicinity: Next time you're in this neck of the woods, drop in.
20. stick one's neck out, Informal.to expose oneself to danger, disaster, failure, disgrace, etc.; take a risk: He stuck his neck out by supporting an unpopular candidate.
21. win by a neck,
a. to win by a small amount or narrow margin.
b. Racing.to be first by a head and neck; finish closely.
Informal.(of two persons) to embrace, kiss, and caress one another amorously.
1. Informal.to embrace, kiss, and caress (someone) amorously.
2. to strangle or behead.
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