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 As Chesapeake was expanding at breakneck speed, natural gas prices were near $20 per million British thermal units, the benchmark for natural gas trading. Washington Post, "Fracking pioneer Chesapeake files for bankruptcy protection," 28 June 2020 As Chesapeake was expanding at breakneck speed, natural gas prices were near $20 per million British thermal units, the benchmark for natural gas trading. Cathy Bussewitz And Rali Arbel, USA TODAY, "Fracking pioneer Chesapeake Energy files for bankruptcy protection," 28 June 2020 Recent events have generated changes at a comparatively breakneck pace. Wenei Philimon, USA TODAY, "Will the Black Lives Matter movement finally put an end to Confederate flags and statues?," 13 June 2020 This breakneck pace of drug development is unprecedented and made possible because of the collaboration among companies, hospital clinicians and academic and government scientists. Jennifer Doudna, The Economist, "The world after covid-19 Jennifer Doudna on how covid-19 is spurring science to accelerate," 5 June 2020 As the science community works at a breakneck speed to develop an effective vaccine, many are stressing that the race to find one needs to be one against the virus and not a competition between countries and companies. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Thursday, June 4," 4 June 2020 Aside from the four-week break between the IndyCar season-opener in Texas and the July 4 doubleheader with NASCAR at IMS, American open-wheel drivers and teams are preparing for a breakneck four-month stretch to close out 2020. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar teams react to strict testing limits for rest of 2020 season: 'May the best man win'," 4 June 2020 Many of these tests were developed at breakneck speed in an effort to get tests out to the American people. NBC News, "COVID-19 tests under scrutiny, outrage in Minneapolis and a new era for Americans in space," 26 May 2020 Among them: Workers are forced to slaughter and process animals at breakneck speeds. USA Today, "Cheap chicken, beef came at a cost. How American meat plants bred coronavirus hot spots.," 22 May 2020

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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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1 Jul 2020

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“Breakneck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breakneck. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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breakneck

adjective
How to pronounce breakneck (audio)

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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