neck and neck

adverb or adjective

Definition of neck and neck

: very close (as in a race)

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of neck and neck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The average temperature in July is running neck and neck with July 2013 for the warmest on record. courant.com, "Month could be warmest July on record," 26 July 2019 Yet with four parties neck and neck, any one of them is in danger of slipping out of contention in the minds of voters. The Economist, "Britain’s four-party politics looks like a lottery," 11 July 2019 That helped us confirm some good news: Nvidia finally got an RTX card to the performance point worthy of a $500 investment (and, honestly, the card now runs neck and neck with the original RTX 2080). Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Nvidia refreshes RTX line: “Super” GPUs add performance at same MSRP," 2 July 2019 From 1880 through June 19, the three counties are neck and neck in their tornado counts: Johnson County has 106 tornadoes on record, Dallas County has 101 and Tarrant County has 100, according to the weather service. Jesus Jimenez, Dallas News, "Which counties in North Texas are most vulnerable to tornadoes? This new map will show you," 25 June 2019 In deep-red Kansas ' Republican gubernatorial primary, the candidate Trump backed on the eve of the election, Secretary of State Kris Kobach, was neck and neck with current Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer. Fox News, "The Latest: Michigan Dem challenges 'biggest bully' _ Trump," 9 Aug. 2018 Trump won Missouri by 20 points in 2016, and McCaskill and Hawley have been neck and neck in the polls all year. Tara Golshan, Vox, "It’s official: Sen. Claire McCaskill will face conservative Missouri AG Josh Hawley," 8 Aug. 2018 The Democrat surged in the latter part of the year, polling neck and neck with Noem, but fell just short on Election Day. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Kristi Noem elected first woman governor of South Dakota," 7 Nov. 2018 Replay and TiVo were sort of neck and neck for a while. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why Roku isn’t afraid of competition from Apple, Google and Amazon," 13 Sep. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'neck and neck.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of neck and neck

1672, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about neck and neck

Statistics for neck and neck

Last Updated

15 Aug 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for neck and neck

The first known use of neck and neck was in 1672

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on neck and neck

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with neck and neck

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for neck and neck

Comments on neck and neck

What made you want to look up neck and neck? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

authorized for issue (as a bond)

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!