breakneck

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web The Pacers may be well served putting him on one of the Wizards’ star guards for stretches of the game in order to slow down their breakneck-speed attacks. Tony East, Forbes, 20 May 2021 While early data show that consumers who embraced the apps during the pandemic may stick around as the health crisis fades, growth is expected to slow from the breakneck pace of 2020. Heather Haddon, WSJ, 28 May 2021 The actors bounce around in their seats, rhythmically spitting out the words at a breakneck pace, mimicking the chugging of the train. Manuel Mendoza, Dallas News, 27 May 2021 The Food & Drug Administration worked at a breakneck pace to get multiple Covid-19 vaccines approved. Saar Yoskovitz, Forbes, 27 May 2021 Another reason Amazon would want to acquire MGM is that the media world is consolidating at a breakneck pace. Frank Pallotta, CNN, 26 May 2021 The low inventory of homes on the market is fueling heated competition among buyers, resulting in bidding wars and leading to homes selling at a breakneck pace. Alex Veiga, Star Tribune, 21 May 2021 The low inventory of homes on the market is fueling heated competition among buyers, resulting in bidding wars and leading to houses selling at a breakneck pace. Arkansas Online, 22 May 2021 New products, token models, and governance structures have been pushed out at breakneck pace and post pull back, this work is likely to diligently continue into the next wave of DeFi protocols, networks, dApps, and platforms. Lawrence Wintermeyer, Forbes, 20 May 2021

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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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20 Jun 2021

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“Breakneck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breakneck. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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breakneck

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of breakneck

: very fast : dangerously fast

breakneck

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

Kids Definition of breakneck

: very fast or dangerous breakneck speed

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