break·​neck | \ ˈbrāk-ˈnek How to pronounce breakneck (audio) \

Definition of breakneck

: very fast or dangerous breakneck speed

Examples of breakneck in a Sentence

the breakneck production of naval vessels during World War II
Recent Examples on the Web What Microsoft was referring to was the US dollar's breakneck rally. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 6 June 2022 Aaron Sorkin goes easy on his trademark breakneck dialogue for his directorial debut. Deanna Janes, Harper's BAZAAR, 16 May 2022 Delta’s breakneck proliferation isn’t its only trick tied to the increase in infections — and symptomatic infections — in people who’ve been vaccinated. Andrew Joseph, STAT, 11 Sep. 2021 The nascent tropical disturbance is moving west at a breakneck pace, skimming along the northern edge of South America at about 30 mph. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, 30 June 2022 Bankman-Fried also has his eye on crypto miners, many of whom leveraged their balance sheet at breakneck pace to quickly scale and take advantage of this 21st century digital gold rush. Steven Ehrlich, Forbes, 28 June 2022 Navigating this breakneck pace takes agility and open-mindedness, as well as big-picture thinking. Michael Kodari, Forbes, 28 June 2022 There’s still a sizable chunk of summer left, and for many readers, the season would be incomplete without the delight of a sinister plot, a baffling crime or a breakneck race against time. Wsj Books Staff, WSJ, 11 Aug. 2021 Also left in Raffensperger's lap was a breakneck race to replace Georgia's outdated voting machines in time for 2020 — an undertaking complicated in its closing stretch by the coronavirus pandemic. Star Tribune, 17 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of breakneck

1562, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of breakneck was in 1562

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7 Aug 2022

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“Breakneck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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break·​neck | \ ˈbrāk-ˌnek How to pronounce breakneck (audio) \

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: very fast or dangerous breakneck speed


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