Definition of neck and neck in English:

neck and neck


  • Even in a race, competition, or comparison.

    ‘we have six contestants who are neck and neck’
    • ‘Have you ever been in the stands at a race meeting when ‘your’ horse is neck and neck on that last half furlong?’
    • ‘In terms of reputation, the two architects were neck and neck by the time Hitler came to power.’
    • ‘He was neck and neck with someone, almost to the finish line when the pounding of fresh rain brought him to life again.’
    • ‘We were neck and neck, him matching me stride for stride, the sounds of the screaming crowd overwhelming the sounds of us.’
    • ‘Quitting smoking is always a big winner for the top New Year's resolution - running neck and neck with losing weight.’
    • ‘Going into the final game, the two sides were neck and neck, so everything hinged on the 30-minute match.’
    • ‘The pair were neck and neck over the last and fought it out right to the winning post, with the judge needing several minutes to separate them in a photo finish.’
    • ‘In this instance, you have the unsavory spectacle of blatant cynicism racing neck and neck with latent xenophobia.’
    • ‘Recent opinion polls suggest the Liberals and Conservatives are neck and neck in national popular support.’
    • ‘Tonight, it's the night before the election and the race for the White House is neck and neck.’
    • ‘The two cars were soon neck and neck, engines screaming down the narrow roadway.’
    • ‘They had not had things all their own way and the race was neck and neck until the last 200 meters.’
    • ‘Helian jumped up right behind her, and soon they were racing neck and neck.’
    • ‘These two evenly matched players compete neck and neck and so the mental element will make the difference.’
    • ‘Throughout the competition, a number of teams were neck and neck and it was only in the final rounds that the winners were evident.’
    • ‘She caught up, and we were neck and neck, going as fast as we possibly could.’
    • ‘I think Fionn, Katrina, and Marla are all running neck and neck.’
    • ‘It happened just as a Gold Cup was reaching its closing stages, with about five horses racing neck and neck.’
    • ‘Till the end of the race, they were neck and neck and at the end of the race, they couldn't tell who won.’
    • ‘Polls put the two main candidates neck and neck at the head of a race with 24 candidates in all, making a run-off next month almost certain.’
    • ‘The sudden rise in poll fortunes last month, when the party was neck and neck with Labour for the first time in a decade, appears to have been little more than a blip.’
    • ‘The challenger was already running neck and neck with the incumbent president.’
    • ‘Two of the horses were neck and neck down to the finish line with a crowd of cowboys and cowgirls cheering them on.’
    level, equal, tied, nip and tuck, side by side, with nothing to choose between them, close together
    level pegging
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neck and neck

/ˌnek (ə)n ˈnek/