neck and neck

adverb or adjective

Definition of neck and neck

: very close (as in a race)

Examples of neck and neck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, the top two were neck and neck, with DEVCORE in second on 18 points and $180,000 earned, just behind the Synacktiv team with 20 points and $197,500. Davey Winder, Forbes, 6 Nov. 2021 Sandy mayoral candidates are neck and neck, while the current Midvale mayor battles to hold onto his seat in early unofficial election results released by Salt Lake County. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 Nov. 2021 The Liberals and Conservatives are neck and neck – at 31.9% and and 30.4% respectively, according to Nanos Research’s nightly tracking data for CTV News and The Globe and Mail. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Sep. 2021 The former businessman and political neophyte is running neck and neck with Terry McAuliffe, the longtime Democratic fixture who is seeking a return to the governor’s mansion after serving one term from 2014 to 2018. Rich Lowry, National Review, 29 Oct. 2021 The parties are running neck and neck in the polls. Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2021 After running largely neck and neck through 2020, California ceded ground to Florida in the first quarter, which ended March 31, when Florida’s 7% GDP growth outpaced California’s 6.3%. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2021 On another first Saturday in May, the beauty of America’s oldest sport battled neck and neck down the stretch with its unseemliness as a colt named Medina Spirit elegantly held off a determined challenge from Mandaloun. New York Times, 1 May 2021 But with less than three weeks until the Nov. 2 election, the race is neck and neck. Quinn Scanlan, ABC News, 14 Oct. 2021

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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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17 Nov 2021

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“Neck and neck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2021.

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