break one's neck

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of break one's neck

:to cause one's neck bone to crack or break
  • He fell off the roof and broke his neck.
sometimes used in speech to tell someone he or she could get hurt
  • Stop jumping on the bed. You're going to break your neck.

Word by Word Definitions

break play
  1. : to separate into parts with suddenness or violence

  2. : fracture

  3. to fracture a bone of (a bodily part)

  1. : an act or action of breaking

  2. : the opening shot in a game of pool or billiards

  3. : a gap or opening caused or appearing as if caused by damage : a condition produced by or as if by breaking : gap

neck play
  1. : the part of an animal that connects the head with the body

  2. : the siphon of a bivalve mollusk (such as a clam)

  3. : the part of a garment that covers or is next to the neck

  1. : to kiss and caress amorously

  2. : to reduce in diameter

  3. : to engage in amorous kissing and caressing


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