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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
neck /nɛk/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Anatomythe part of the body that connects the head and the trunk.
  2. the part of a garment around, partly covering, or closest to the neck;
    neckline:a blouse with a low neck.
  3. a slender part that resembles a neck:a bottle with a narrow neck; a guitar with a slender neck.
  4. a narrow strip of land, or a channel for water.

v. [no object]
  1. Informal Termsto engage in kissing and caressing.
  1. Informal Terms, Idiomsneck and neck, just even or very close:The candidates were neck and neck in the polls.
  2. Informal Terms, Idiomsneck of the woods, neighborhood or surrounding area:In his neck of the woods he was considered a good salesman.
  3. 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.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
neck  (nek),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Zoology, Anatomythe 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;
  3. Zoologythe 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. Geographya narrow strip of land, as an isthmus or a cape.
  7. Geographya strait.
  8. the longer and more slender part of a violin or similar stringed instrument, extending from the body to the head.
  9. 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.
  10. Anatomya narrowed part of a bone, organ, or the like.
  11. Dentistrythe slightly narrowed region of a tooth between the crown and the root.
  12. Printingbeard (def. 5).
  13. Architecturea cylindrical continuation of the shaft of a column above the lower astragal of the capital, as in the Roman Doric and Tuscan orders.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Informal Terms, Idiomsbreak one's neck, to make a great effort:We broke our necks to get there on time.
  17. 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.
  18. Informal Terms, Idiomsneck and neck, even or very close;
    indeterminate as to the outcome:They were coming toward the finish line neck and neck.
  19. Informal Terms, Idiomsneck of the woods, neighborhood, area, or vicinity:Next time you're in this neck of the woods, drop in.
  20. 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.
  21. win by a neck: 
    • Idiomsto win by a small amount or narrow margin.
    • Idioms[Racing.]to be first by a head and neck;
      finish closely.

  1. Informal Terms(of two persons) to embrace, kiss, and caress one another amorously.

  1. Informal Termsto embrace, kiss, and caress (someone) amorously.
  2. to strangle or behead.
necker, n. 
neckless, adj. 
necklike′, adj. 
  • 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
  1. the part of an organism connecting the head with the rest of the body
  2. the part of a garment around or nearest the neck
  3. something resembling a neck in shape or position: the neck of a bottle
  4. a constricted portion of an organ or part, such as the cervix of the uterus
  5. a narrow or elongated projecting strip of land; a peninsula or isthmus
  6. a strait or channel
  7. the part of a violin, cello, etc, that extends from the body to the tuning pegs and supports the fingerboard
  8. a solid block of lava from the opening of an extinct volcano, exposed after erosion of the surrounding rock
  9. 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
  10. informal impudence; audacity
  11. 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
  12. get it in the neckinformal to be reprimanded or punished severely
  13. neck and neckabsolutely level or even in a race or competition
  14. neck of the woodsinformal an area or locality: a quiet neck of the woods
  15. informal save one's neckto escape from a difficult or dangerous situation
  16. save someone's neckto help someone else escape from such a situation
  17. stick one's neck outinformal to risk criticism, ridicule, failure, etc, by speaking one's mind
  1. (intransitive) informal to kiss, embrace, or fondle someone or one another passionately
Etymology: Old English hnecca; related to Old High German hnack, Old Irish cnocc hill
'neck' also found in these entries (note: many are not synonyms or translations):
Collocations: (were) necking in [public, private], a [long, short, stunted, thick, wrinkly] neck, neck [muscles, pain], more...

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