|1.||the part of an organism connecting the head with the rest of the bodyRelated: cervical, jugular|
|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.||anatomy 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.||botany the upper, usually tubular, part of the archegonium of mosses, ferns, etc|
|10.||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|
|11.||informal a short distance, amount, or margin: he is always a neck ahead in new techniques|
|12.||informal impudence; audacity: he had the neck to ask for a rise|
|13.||architect 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|
|14.||another name for beard, on printer's type|
|15.||informal break one's neck to exert oneself greatly, esp by hurrying, in order to do something|
|16.||slang (Irish), (Scot) by the neck (of a bottle of beer) served unpoured: give me two bottles of stout by the neck|
|17.||informal get it in the neck to be reprimanded or punished severely|
|18.||neck and neck absolutely level or even in a race or competition|
|19.||informal neck of the woods an area or locality: a quiet neck of the woods|
|20.||risk one's neck to take a great risk|
|a. save one's neck to escape from a difficult or dangerous situation|
|b. save someone's neck to help someone else escape from such a situation|
|22.||informal stick one's neck out to risk criticism, ridicule, failure, etc, by speaking one's mind|
|23.||up to one's neck in deeply involved in: he's up to his neck in dodgy dealings|
|24.||informal (intr) to kiss, embrace, or fondle someone or one another passionately|
|25.||informal (Brit) (tr) to swallow (something, esp a drink): he's been necking pints all night|
|Related: cervical, jugular|
|[Old English hnecca; related to Old High German hnack, Old Irish cnocc hill]|
The part of the body joining the head to the shoulders or trunk.
A narrow or constricted part of a structure, as of a bone or an organ, that joins its parts; a cervix.
The part of a tooth between the crown and the root.
used sometimes figuratively. To "lay down the neck" (Rom. 16:4) is to hazard one's life. Threatenings of coming judgments are represented by the prophets by their laying bands upon the people's necks (Deut. 28:48; Isa. 10:27; Jer. 27:2). Conquerors put their feet on the necks of their enemies as a sign of their subjection (Josh. 10:24; 2 Sam. 22:41).
In addition to the idioms beginning with neck, also see albatross around one's neck; break one's back (neck); breathe down someone's neck; dead from the neck up; millstone around one's neck; pain in the neck; risk life and limb (one's neck); save someone's bacon (neck); stick one's neck out; up to one's ears (neck).
in land vertebrates, the portion of the body joining the head to the shoulders and chest. Some important structures contained in or passing through the neck include the seven cervical vertebrae and enclosed spinal cord, the jugular veins and carotid arteries, part of the esophagus, the larynx and vocal cords, and the sternocleidomastoid and hyoid muscles in front and the trapezius and other nuchal muscles behind. Among the primates, humans are characterized by having a relatively long neck
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