Definition of breakneck in English:

breakneck

adjective

  • Dangerously or extremely fast.

    ‘he drove at breakneck speed’
    • ‘But as it sped down the highway at a breakneck speed, it advanced towards him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His consciousness leaps backwards and forwards at breakneck speed.’
    • ‘In between, the journey is at breakneck speed on rutted roads through shanty villages or hotel-lined luxury.’
    • ‘It's both breakneck fast and much funnier than you would think.’
    • ‘Children playing along a Swindon road feared for their lives when Hicks's car came hurtling towards them at breakneck speed.’
    • ‘The fog, though, doesn't slow the vessel down, as it skims across a calm sea at breakneck speed.’
    • ‘Shanghai is now developing at breakneck speed into a more trendy, luxury-loving society.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The performers recount their story at breakneck speed, completely devoid of inflection or emotion.’
    • ‘Continuing her work at breakneck speed, the lady can put to shame any high-flying workaholic.’
    • ‘In the cobbled backstreets mustachioed old men in tweed jackets and gaiters drive decorated carts at breakneck speeds.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, every train in every direction was cruising by at breakneck speed, which only added to the frustration.’
    • ‘Brown has created the veritable page-turner, a book that moves at a breakneck speed along the edge of a cliff.’
    • ‘They turned in 90 minutes of fantastic dance, at one moment at breakneck speed, the next gentle and solemn.’
    • ‘The impression is of a town reinventing itself at breakneck speed.’
    • ‘Breathlessly we run faster and faster at a breakneck speed to a destination we neither know nor can ever reach.’
    • ‘As I got closer, they left their temporary hideouts at breakneck speed, both of them diving down the same hole.’
    extremely fast, high-speed, lightning, whirlwind, rapid, speedy
    dangerously fast, at full speed, at full tilt, at full pelt, flat out, as fast as one's legs can carry one
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Pronunciation

breakneck

/ˈbreɪknɛk/