neck and neck

adverb or adjective

Definition of neck and neck 

: very close (as in a race)

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The polls show it neck and neck right now, 48-48, which is remarkable because, look, Georgia is a red state. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates explains how Donald Trump is trying to corrupt the Justice Department," 12 Nov. 2018 There hasn’t been a great deal of polling yet, but in three surveys since Labor Day the race has been neck and neck in every one. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Fox News Power Rankings: Dean Heller, survivalist," 19 Sep. 2018 The early polls show Heitkamp and her Republican opponent, Rep. Kevin Cramer, neck and neck in the November general election. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The 2018 midterms, explained by this Heidi Heitkamp ad," 17 Aug. 2018 Election Day is just a day away, and the most recent polls show that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump are neck and neck in an excruciatingly tight presidential race. Diana Bruk, Country Living, "A Psychic Scottish Goat Has Predicted The Outcome Of The 2016 Election," 7 Nov. 2016 Laura Kelly defeated Republican Kris Kobach and independent Greg Orman to win the governor race in Kansas on Tuesday night after a race that was often neck and neck between the two major-party candidates. Libby Nelson, Vox, "Democrat Laura Kelly wins in Kansas, defeating Kris Kobach," 7 Nov. 2018 Another must-win—Democrat Claire McCaskill is neck and neck with her opponent, Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Midterm Elections Are Almost Here—What You Need to Know Now," 5 Nov. 2018 The numbers show that Chanel is among the largest luxury brands in the world by revenues, outpacing rivals like Gucci and neck and neck with Louis Vuitton. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, "Chanel Publishes Annual Results for First Time in 108 Years," 21 June 2018 The two have been running essentially neck and neck since the polls closed. Luke Money,, "Keirstead and Rouda still locked in tight race for spot on fall ballot in 48th Congressional District," 13 June 2018

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1672, in the meaning defined above

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