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the part of your body that joins your head to your shoulders, or the same part of an animal or bird
part of the bodyHB
around somebody's neck
Jean wore a string of pearls around her neck.
Mike rubbed the back of his neck.
You have a lot of tension in your neck muscles.
He patted his horse's neck.
She had a mass of golden hair , which she wore in a coil at the nape (=back) of her neck.
The dog picked up the puppy and carried it by the scruff (=back) of the neck into the house.
the part of a piece of clothing that goes around your neck
The neck of his shirt was open.
The sweater has a round neck and long sleeves.
a navy V-necked sweater
➔ crew neck, polo neck, scoop neck, turtleneck, V-neck
the narrow part of something, usually at the top
Lara put the cork back in the neck of the bottle.
a crack in the neck of the violin
to be very busy with something:
She's up to her neck in work.
to be in a difficult situation that is hard to escape from:
Jim's up to his neck in debt.
if two competitors or groups are neck and neck in a competition or race, they are level with each other:
Opinion polls show the two main parties are running neck and neck.
in a particular area or part of the country:
I haven't been in this neck of the woods for years.
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to be punished or criticized:
If we don't make some changes we'll all get it in the neck.
if a race, especially a horse race, is won by a neck, the winner is only a very short distance in front:
Our horse won by a neck.
a narrow piece of land that comes out of a wider part:
a neck of land between a lake and the sea
if something hangs around your neck, it keeps causing you problems