Definition of stick one's neck out in US English:

stick one's neck out


  • Risk incurring criticism or anger by acting or speaking boldly.

    • ‘‘But with innovation sometimes you just have to stick your neck out,’ he argues.’
    • ‘As I half anticipated, he did not wish to stick his neck out and implicitly criticise rugby.’
    • ‘I might be sticking my neck out, but I would like to suggest that we might just be on the cusp of momentous change.’
    • ‘He was warm, gentle and considerate, always sticking his neck out for others, and I think it would be good for him to be honoured in that way.’
    • ‘Why stick your neck out when you run the risk of offending someone who has the power to slate your most recent journal article, provide a damning review of your book, or leave you off a shortlist?’
    • ‘These writings revealed a first-rate sensibility, a critic ready to stick his neck out and make the necessary judgments, sometimes with acerbity, often with a humorous irony.’
    • ‘Every six months or so Declan sticks his neck out and is shown to be incorrect.’
    • ‘‘There's a feeling that there's retribution to come if you stick your neck out,’ Angus said.’
    • ‘Unfortunately he is sticking his neck out without realising the consequences.’
    • ‘You stuck your neck out when others kept their heads down and their mouths shut.’