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breakneck

[breyk-nek] /ˈbreɪkˌnɛk/
adjective
1.
reckless or dangerous, especially because of excessive speed; hazardous:
He raced through the streets at breakneck speed.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; break + neck
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British Dictionary definitions for break-neck

breakneck

/ˈbreɪkˌnɛk/
adjective
1.
(prenominal) (of speed, pace, etc) excessive and dangerous
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Word Origin and History for break-neck
breakneck
1560s, "likely to end in a broken neck," from break + neck.
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