Definition of breakneck in English:



  • Dangerously or extremely fast:

    ‘he drove at breakneck speed’
    • ‘But I do have nagging fears about the flood of major plans for that part of town which seem to be emerging at breakneck speed.’
    • ‘The players had been aware that this could pose the biggest test to the top-of-the-table status and came out of the blocks at breakneck speed.’
    • ‘Brown has created the veritable page-turner, a book that moves at a breakneck speed along the edge of a cliff.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, every train in every direction was cruising by at breakneck speed, which only added to the frustration.’
    • ‘They turned in 90 minutes of fantastic dance, at one moment at breakneck speed, the next gentle and solemn.’
    • ‘In the cobbled backstreets mustachioed old men in tweed jackets and gaiters drive decorated carts at breakneck speeds.’
    • ‘Shanghai is now developing at breakneck speed into a more trendy, luxury-loving society.’
    • ‘It's both breakneck fast and much funnier than you would think.’
    • ‘In between, the journey is at breakneck speed on rutted roads through shanty villages or hotel-lined luxury.’
    • ‘The impression is of a town reinventing itself at breakneck speed.’
    • ‘When you are careering down the motorway at the breakneck speed of forty-five miles per hour, make sure you sit in the middle lane.’
    • ‘As I got closer, they left their temporary hideouts at breakneck speed, both of them diving down the same hole.’
    • ‘But as it sped down the highway at a breakneck speed, it advanced towards him.’
    • ‘Breathlessly we run faster and faster at a breakneck speed to a destination we neither know nor can ever reach.’
    • ‘I want an extremely clear head so that if I see the floor approaching at breakneck speed I can at least close my eyes before I hit it.’
    • ‘Continuing her work at breakneck speed, the lady can put to shame any high-flying workaholic.’
    • ‘Children playing along a Swindon road feared for their lives when Hicks's car came hurtling towards them at breakneck speed.’
    • ‘His consciousness leaps backwards and forwards at breakneck speed.’
    • ‘The fog, though, doesn't slow the vessel down, as it skims across a calm sea at breakneck speed.’
    • ‘The performers recount their story at breakneck speed, completely devoid of inflection or emotion.’
    dangerously fast, at full speed, at full tilt, at full pelt, flat out, as fast as one's legs can carry one
    ventre à terre
    hell for leather, at a lick, like the wind, like a bat out of hell, like a bomb, like greased lightning
    like the clappers, at a rate of knots, like billy-o
    extremely fast, high-speed, lightning, whirlwind, rapid, speedy
    dangerously fast, reckless, dangerous, excessive, precipitate, headlong
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