idioms include the following:
neck and neck
2. breathe down someone's neck
3. stick your neck out
4. save someone's neck
5. be up to your neck
6. break your neck
7. a pain in the neck
if you can work out what they mean by studying these examples of
The three horses were neck and neck and it was hard to
see which would win.
She was breathing down my neck and I couldn't concentrate
on the work I was doing.
I decided I would stick my neck out and try to answer the
question even though I knew little about it.
The politician tried to save his neck by telling the truth.
So will you get a holiday this year?
~ I doubt it. I've no spare cash and I'm up to my neck in
Those roller skates are not safe. You'll break your neck
one of these days.
He's a real pain in the neck. His only topic of conversation
is fast cars. So boring!
check your understanding of the examples against these explanations:
neck and neck - competitors who are level, each with an equal
chance of winning.
breathe down someone's neck - stand over somebody and watch
them very closely.
stick your neck out - bravely say or do something which may
turn out to be wrong.
save someone's neck - prevent someone losing their job or
be up to your neck - be exceptionally busy or deeply involved
break your neck - kill or injure yourself badly by doing
a pain in the neck - an irritating, annoying or boring person.