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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Director Spenser Davis keeps everything moving at a breakneck pace for 55 minutes, packing in great gobs of intentionally amateurish theatricality (Lady Mauron magically dissolves by walking offstage in plain view of everyone). Justin Hayford, Chicago Reader, "Adventures of Spirit Force Five," 12 July 2018 And that was the breakneck, breathtaking pace of the Weeknd's 100-minute set, where the longest relief in the music lasted, at most, 20 seconds — and those moments were exceptionally rare. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Review: The Weeknd lives up to superstar status at Summerfest in Milwaukee," 7 July 2018 New data from the Anchorage Police Department shows cars are still being stolen at a breakneck pace this year. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "For many in Anchorage, getting a stolen car back means cleaning up a grotesque mess left behind," 29 June 2018 The 6-foot-2 Frenchman thrilled Spurs fans by weaving his way through the teeth of opposing defenses at breakneck speed, kissing the ball softly off the glass and then falling hard to the court. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Parker’s fearless drives won’t be forgotten," 6 July 2018 No longer content simply to pass the opposition to death, sides such as Brazil, Belgium, England and France can vary the pace of the game and cut through defenses at breakneck speed. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Possession Soccer Is Now a Losing Strategy at the World Cup," 5 July 2018 Zip line courses have become more and more popular with all ages enjoying flying at breakneck speeds through the treetops. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "6 of the best zip line courses in Michigan," 3 July 2018 Working with the editor Michael Harte, Wardle whips the story along at breakneck speed, stoking our sympathy with the brothers’ mounting sense of outrage and betrayal. Justin Chang,, "'Three Identical Strangers' is a riveting account of identical triplets separated at birth," 28 June 2018 The storm before it, named Aletta, also spun up and then down at breakneck speed. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "The Category 4 hurricane named Bud collapsed in spectacular fashion," 13 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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