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’
    • ‘Quitting smoking is always a big winner for the top New Year's resolution - running neck and neck with losing weight.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Going into the final game, the two sides were neck and neck, so everything hinged on the 30-minute match.’
    • ‘We were neck and neck, him matching me stride for stride, the sounds of the screaming crowd overwhelming the sounds of us.’
    • ‘These two evenly matched players compete neck and neck and so the mental element will make the difference.’
    • ‘In terms of reputation, the two architects were neck and neck by the time Hitler came to power.’
    • ‘I think Fionn, Katrina, and Marla are all running neck and neck.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The challenger was already running neck and neck with the incumbent president.’
    • ‘Helian jumped up right behind her, and soon they were racing neck and neck.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was neck and neck with someone, almost to the finish line when the pounding of fresh rain brought him to life again.’
    • ‘Two of the horses were neck and neck down to the finish line with a crowd of cowboys and cowgirls cheering them on.’
    • ‘Tonight, it's the night before the election and the race for the White House is neck and neck.’
    • ‘She caught up, and we were neck and neck, going as fast as we possibly could.’
    • ‘Throughout the competition, a number of teams were neck and neck and it was only in the final rounds that the winners were evident.’
    • ‘They had not had things all their own way and the race was neck and neck until the last 200 meters.’
    • ‘The two cars were soon neck and neck, engines screaming down the narrow roadway.’
    • ‘Have you ever been in the stands at a race meeting when ‘your’ horse is neck and neck on that last half furlong?’
    level, equal, tied, nip and tuck, side by side, with nothing to choose between them, close together
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neck and neck

/ˌnek (ə)n ˈnek//ˌnɛk (ə)n ˈnɛk/