breakneck

breakneck

[breyk-nek]
adjective
reckless or dangerous, especially because of excessive speed; hazardous: He raced through the streets at breakneck speed.

Origin:
1555–65; break + neck

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breakneck (ˈbreɪkˌnɛk)
 
adj
(prenominal) (of speed, pace, etc) excessive and dangerous

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breakneck
1560s, "likely to end in a broken neck," from break + neck.
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