One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Dislocate or seriously damage a vertebra or the spinal cord in one's neck.
- ‘Just be nice to her, or I'll have to break your neck, ok?’
- ‘She would tell him every single morning at the breakfast table that skiing was a dangerous thing and that he could easily break his neck.’
- ‘I was trying to figure out how difficult it would be to climb up there and whether or not I would break my neck in trying.’
- ‘If you want to jump into a pool, for example, you first estimate how deep it is so that you don't break your neck.’
- ‘I jumped about 20 ft down on to the desk, I was lucky not the break my neck but all I ended up with was a sprained ankle.'’
- ‘You could fall off the cliff and break your neck!’
- ‘All right, but if I fall and break my neck, will you tell my family I died saving a baby or something?’
- ‘If you were lucky you landed in the drop zone and made a good rolling fall, then quick-released your parachute before it could drag you and break your neck.’
- ‘A person doesn't break their neck by falling forward.’
- ‘Get off there honey, you could break your neck.’
- ‘I'm heading to Colorado in a couple of weeks with some friends to do some snowboarding and hopefully I won't break my neck.’
- ‘‘If you jump too high, you can fall and break your neck,’ he warns.’
- ‘Just remember, love, I will break your neck if anything goes wrong.’
- ‘If you ever touch my cousin or my future wife again, I'll break your neck.’
- ‘I should've hired a water blaster and scoured the path so no-one would slip and break their neck.’
- ‘Someone shouted at me, ‘I hope you break your neck.’’
- ‘Kencho would have to act fast unless he wanted to land hard and break his neck.’
- ‘If you fall down those stairs and break your neck, I'm not taking you to the hospital!’
- ‘A horse could trip and a rider could break his neck.’
- ‘You break her heart again, I'll break your neck, prince or not.’
- ‘Before her mother could caution her to ‘get down from there before you break your neck,’ I would leap into action and whisper, ‘Go for it, I'll spot you!’’
- ‘My chief fear at first was that he would break his neck and I would be responsible for his death.’
2break one's neck to do somethinginformal Exert oneself to the utmost to achieve something.
- ‘But tonight showed the contrast between a guy who's finished his agenda and a guy who's breaking his neck to implement a new agenda.’
- ‘I'm afraid I've lost a bit of respect for the people I've been breaking my neck to represent.’
- ‘You do not seem to enjoy being in their company, even though Natasha breaks her neck to make you comfortable.’
- ‘I am beginning to feel out of step because I'm not breaking my neck to grow my business.’
- ‘I support this, although I wouldn't break my neck to fight for it.’
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