[nek-er; French ne-ker]
Jacques [zhahk] , 1732–1804, French statesman, born in Switzerland. Unabridged
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neck (nɛk)
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
21.  informal
 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]

Necker (ˈnɛkə, French nɛkɛr)
Jacques (ʒak). 1732--1804, French financier and statesman, born in Switzerland; finance minister of France (1777--81; 1788--90). He attempted to reform the fiscal system and in 1789 he recommended summoning the States General. His subsequent dismissal was one of the causes of the storming of the Bastille (1789)

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The sudden dismissal of jacques necker by king louis xvi brought fame to desmoulins.
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