neck and neck

adverb or adjective

Definition of neck and neck

: very close (as in a race)

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Examples of neck and neck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stepien outlined three paths to victory, all of which hedge on winning a state where Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden are neck and neck in the polls. Vandana Rambaran, Fox News, "Trump campaign says winning this state is vital to clinching election," 16 Oct. 2020 Despite Zeldin’s much larger war chest, recent polls show the two are neck and neck in the runup to the general election. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "In New York, chemist Nancy Goroff is battling a Trump loyalist for a seat in Congress," 16 Oct. 2020 Challenge and opportunity are running neck and neck but opportunity is outpacing the challenge. Gail Rosenblum, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis Stairstep Foundation leader sees opportunities to rebuild in this difficult time," 16 Oct. 2020 Florida’s 29 electoral votes are pivotal in this year’s election, and polls show Trump and Biden neck and neck. Skyler Swisher, sun-sentinel.com, "Trump’s positive COVID-19 test upends Miami debate and Florida campaign," 2 Oct. 2020 Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden are running neck and neck, and some polls show Perdue in similar trouble. Washington Examiner Staff, Washington Examiner, "Biden maintains a steady polling lead; Georgia Senate race is tight among three candidates," 1 Oct. 2020 At the same time, Biden and Trump are neck and neck in states like North Carolina, Arizona and Florida. Gregory Korte, Bloomberg.com, "Trump on Defense in Crucial States After Debate With Time Running Out," 1 Oct. 2020 Manufactured using an inactivated version of the virus, CoronaVac is neck and neck with other global brands, including the vaccine of U.S.-based Moderna Inc., in its pace of development. Bloomberg.com, "Why Indonesia Became a Testing Ground for a Chinese Covid-19 Vaccine," 15 Sep. 2020 Blankenship and McLaughlin had been neck and neck in camp. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Colts waive Chase McLaughlin, Chad Kelly, Reece Fountain in cut to initial 53," 5 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of neck and neck

1672, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of neck and neck was in 1672

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23 Oct 2020

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“Neck and neck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neck%20and%20neck. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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