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beef neck

  • noun a cut of beef from the neck of the animal
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black-necked cobra

  • noun aggressive cobra widely distributed in Africa; rarely bites but spits venom that may cause blindness
    Naja nigricollis; spitting cobra.
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black-necked grebe

  • noun small grebe with yellow ear tufts and a black neck; found in Eurasia and southern Africa as well as western United States
    eared grebe; Podiceps nigricollis.
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black-necked stilt

  • noun stilt of southwestern United States to northern South America having black plumage extending from the head down the back of the neck
    Himantopus mexicanus.
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Black-necked stork

  • noun large mostly white Australian stork
    jabiru; policeman bird; Xenorhyncus asiaticus.
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  • the East Indian jabiru.
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bull neck

  • noun a thick short powerful neck
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bull-necked

Bull"-necked` adjective
Definitions
  1. Having a short and thick neck like that of a bull. Sir W. Scott.
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crew neck

  • noun a plain straight neckline opening from shoulder to shoulder of sweaters
    crew neckline.
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deer-neck

Deer"-neck` noun
Definitions
  1. A deerlike, or thin, ill-formed neck, as of a horse.
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ewe-necked

Ewe"-necked` adjective
Definitions
  1. Having a neck like a ewe; -- said of horses in which the arch of the neck is deficent, being somewhat hollowed out. Youwatt.
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Goose neck

  • anything, as a rod of iron or a pipe, curved like the neck of a goose; specially (Naut.), an iron hook connecting a spar with a mast.
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high-necked

  • adjective satellite (of a garment) having a high neckline
    • a high-necked blouse
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long-neck clam

  • noun a clam that is usually steamed in the shell
    steamer; steamer clam; soft-shell clam.
  • noun an edible clam with thin oval-shaped shell found in coastal regions of the United States and Europe
    steamer; steamer clam; soft-shell clam; Mya arenaria.
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low-necked

  • adjective satellite (of a garment) having a low-cut neckline
    decollete; low-cut.
    • a low-cut neckline
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Low"-necked` adjective
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  1. Cut low in the neck; decollete; -- said of a woman's dress.
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Neck and crop

  • completely; wholly; altogether; roughly and at once. Colloq.
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Neck and neck

  • adjective satellite inconclusive as to outcome; close or just even in a race or comparison or competition
    nip and tuck; head-to-head.
    • as they approached the finish line they were neck and neck
    • the election was a nip and tuck affair
  • adverb even or close in a race or competition or comparison
    nip and tuck; head-to-head.
    • the horses ran neck and neck
    • he won nip and tuck
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  • (Racing), so nearly equal that one cannot be said to be before the other; very close; even; side by side.
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neck bone

  • noun one of 7 vertebrae in the human spine located in the neck region
    cervical vertebra.
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neck brace

  • noun a brace worn to steady the neck
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neck exercise

  • noun exercise designed to strengthen the neck muscles
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Neck of a capital

  • . (Arch.) See Gorgerin.
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Neck of a cascabel

  • (Gun.), the part joining the knob to the base of the breech.
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Neck of a gun

  • the small part of the piece between the chase and the swell of the muzzle.
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Neck of a tooth

  • (Anat.), the constriction between the root and the crown.
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neck of the woods

  • noun a surrounding or nearby region
    neighborhood; vicinity; neighbourhood; locality.
    • the plane crashed in the vicinity of Asheville
    • it is a rugged locality
    • he always blames someone else in the immediate neighborhood
    • I will drop in on you the next time I am in this neck of the woods
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neck opening

  • noun an opening in a garment for the neck of the wearer; a part of the garment near the wearer's neck
    neck.
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Neck or nothing

  • (Fig.), at all risks.
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neck ruff

  • noun a high tight collar
    ruffle; choker; ruff.
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neck sweetbread

  • noun edible thymus gland of an animal
    throat sweetbread.
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Neck verse

  • . (a) The verse formerly read to entitle a party to the benefit of clergy, said to be the first verse of the fifty-first Psalm, "Miserere mei," etc. Sir W. Scott. (b) Hence, a verse or saying, the utterance of which decides one's fate; a shibboleth.
    These words, "bread and cheese," were their neck verse or shibboleth to distinguish them; all pronouncing "broad and cause," being presently put to death. Fuller.
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Neck yoke

  • . (a) A bar by which the end of the tongue of a wagon or carriage is suspended from the collars of the harnesses. (b) A device with projecting arms for carrying things (as buckets of water or sap) suspended from one's shoulders .
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neck-deep

  • adjective satellite deeply involved
    neck-deep; up to their necks; up to his neck; up to my neck; up to her neck; up to our necks.
    • neck-deep in work
    • up to their necks in debt
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On the neck of

  • immediately after; following closely. "Commiting one sin on the neck of another." W. Perkins.
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pain in the neck

  • noun a bothersome annoying person
    nuisance; pain.
    • that kid is a terrible pain
  • noun something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness
    annoyance; pain in the ass; pain; infliction; bother; botheration.
    • washing dishes was a nuisance before we got a dish washer
    • a bit of a bother
    • he's not a friend, he's an infliction
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polo-neck

  • noun a sweater or jersey with a high close-fitting collar
    turtle; turtleneck.
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polo-neck collar

  • noun a high close-fitting turnover collar
    turtleneck collar.
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red-necked grebe

  • noun large stocky grebe of circumpolar regions having a dark neck
    Podiceps grisegena.
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ring-necked

Ring"-necked` adjective
Definitions
  1. (Zoöl.) Having a well defined ring of color around the neck.
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Ring-necked duck

  • (Zool.), an American scaup duck (Aythya collaris). The head, neck, and breast of the adult male are black, and a narrow, but conspicuous, red ring encircles the neck. This ring is absent in the female. Called also ring-neck, ring-necked blackhead, ringbill, tufted duck, and black jack.
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ring-necked parakeet

  • noun African parakeet
    Psittacula krameri.
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ring-necked pheasant

  • noun common pheasant having bright plumage and a white neck ring
    Phasianus colchicus.
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ring-necked snake

  • noun any of numerous small nonvenomous North American snakes with a yellow or orange ring around the neck
    ringneck snake; ring snake.
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rubber-necking

  • noun going about to look at places of interest
    sightseeing.
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scrag-necked

Scrag"-necked` adjective
Definitions
  1. Having a scraggy neck.
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Stiff neck

  • a condition of the neck such that the head can not be moved without difficulty and pain.
  • obstinacy in evil or wrong; inflexible obstinacy; contumacy. "I know thy rebellion, and thy stiff neck." Deut. xxxi. 27.
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stiff-necked

  • adjective satellite haughtily stubborn
    • a stiff-necked old Boston brahmin
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Stiff"-necked` adjective
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  1. Stubborn; inflexibly obstinate; contumacious; as, stiff-necked pride; a stiff-necked people. Ex. xxxii. 9.
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swan-neck

  • noun any of several orchids of the genus Cycnoches having slender arching columns of flowers suggesting the neck of a swan
    swanflower; swan orchid; swanneck; swan-flower.
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To break the neck

  • to dislocate the joints of the neck.
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To break the neck of

  • to destroy the main force of. "What they presume to borrow from her sage and virtuous rules... breaks the neck of their own cause." Milton. = break the back of
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To harden the neck

  • to grow obstinate; to be more and more perverse and rebellious. Neh. ix. 17.
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To tread on the neck of

  • to oppress; to tyrannize over.
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up to her neck

  • adjective satellite deeply involved
    neck-deep; up to their necks; up to his neck; up to my neck; up to her neck; up to our necks.
    • neck-deep in work
    • up to their necks in debt
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up to his neck

  • adjective satellite deeply involved
    neck-deep; up to their necks; up to his neck; up to my neck; up to her neck; up to our necks.
    • neck-deep in work
    • up to their necks in debt
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up to my neck

  • adjective satellite deeply involved
    neck-deep; up to their necks; up to his neck; up to my neck; up to her neck; up to our necks.
    • neck-deep in work
    • up to their necks in debt
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up to our necks

  • adjective satellite deeply involved
    neck-deep; up to their necks; up to his neck; up to my neck; up to her neck; up to our necks.
    • neck-deep in work
    • up to their necks in debt
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up to their necks

  • adjective satellite deeply involved
    neck-deep; up to their necks; up to his neck; up to my neck; up to her neck; up to our necks.
    • neck-deep in work
    • up to their necks in debt
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up to your neck

  • adjective satellite deeply involved
    neck-deep; up to their necks; up to his neck; up to my neck; up to her neck; up to our necks.
    • neck-deep in work
    • up to their necks in debt
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v neck

  • noun the neck of a garment has the shape in front of the letter V
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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