break·​neck | \ˈbrāk-ˈnek \

Definition of breakneck 

: very fast or dangerous breakneck speed

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Examples of breakneck in a Sentence

the breakneck production of naval vessels during World War II

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While her father, brothers, and much of the political class keep up a breakneck campaign-trail pace, Ivanka seems to be sticking to her day job. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Ivanka Trump's Curious Absence From the Midterm Campaign Trail," 29 Oct. 2018 Krikorian and Lord have worked at breakneck pace to overhaul DNC security in two years: achieving perfect network visibility, rotating passwords, mandating use of two-factor authentication and the secure-messaging platform Signal. Benjamin Wofford, Vox, "The midterms are already hacked. You just don’t know it yet.," 25 Oct. 2018 By selling smartphones with premium features at affordable prices, these Chinese brands have been growing at breakneck speed in emerging markets in places such as India and Indonesia, where Samsung has traditionally been the market leader. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Can Foldable Phones Help Samsung Emulate Apple?," 7 Nov. 2018 Hollywood has been churning out remakes and reboots at breakneck speed, but A Star Is Born is in a class of its own. Yolanda Machado, Marie Claire, "Why 'A Star Is Born' Feels More Like a Documentary Than a Remake," 4 Oct. 2018 That new attitude helped usher in decades of breakneck economic growth. Paul Mozur, New York Times, "Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras," 8 July 2018 After several years of breakneck growth in the USA, European low-cost carrier Norwegian Air is setting its sights on Canada. USA TODAY, "Oh, Canada! Fast-growing budget airline Norwegian expands again," 21 June 2018 After a period of breakneck growth, a hard landing seems imminent. The Economist, "Turkey’s president deserves to lose on June 24th," 21 June 2018 The change at the top comes as Palo Alto Networks is looking to acquisitions to maintain its breakneck revenue growth. Rolfe Winkler, WSJ, "Former SoftBank Executive Nikesh Arora to Run Palo Alto Networks," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of breakneck

1562, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of breakneck

: very fast : dangerously fast


break·​neck | \ˈbrāk-ˌnek \

Kids Definition of breakneck

: very fast or dangerous breakneck speed

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