neck and neck

adverb or adjective

Definition of neck and neck 

: very close (as in a race)

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The two have been running essentially neck and neck since the polls closed. Luke Money, latimes.com, "Keirstead and Rouda still locked in tight race for spot on fall ballot in 48th Congressional District," 13 June 2018 Mark Leno, a former state senator, and London Breed, president of the board of supervisors, are neck and neck after Tuesday’s election. Romy Varghese, Bloomberg.com, "San Francisco Waits for Mayor as Two Candidates are Deadlocked," 7 June 2018 Not with Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov running neck and neck for the Conn Smythe Trophy. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "After Game 4 Win, the Capitals Are on the Cusp of Finishing Their Story in Stanley Cup Final," 5 June 2018 The polls have been volatile over the last few months, with Graham and Levine neck and neck in a Mason-Dixon poll from February while a March 20 Gravis poll had Graham in third behind Levine and Gillum. Steven Lemongello, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Gwen Graham takes on Trump in first ad," 3 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, Man Utd striker Romelu Lukaku is now neck and neck with for Old Trafford favourite Cristiano Ronaldo in the race to win the World Cup Golden Boot. SI.com, "Manchester Giants Prepare to Battle Over French Sensation as PSG Face Financial Fair Play Nightmare," 24 June 2018 Longtime county council member and staunch progressive Marc Elrich and wealthy Potomac businessman and political newcomer David Blair were neck and neck in the race for the Democratic nomination for Montgomery County executive Tuesday night. Jennifer Barrios, Washington Post, "Elrich and Blair neck and neck in Montgomery County executive race, but still too close to call," 26 June 2018 Yet when combined, the opposition alliance stands, plus the Kurds, neck and neck with Mr. Erdogan. New York Times, "Turkish Opposition Hopes 4 Parties Are Mightier Than 1 Against Erdogan," 9 June 2018 With the three barreling into Tuesday’s primary election day neck and neck, the race has become tremendously expensive — especially in term of Idaho politics. Tara Golshan, Vox, "There’s a governor’s race in the fastest-growing state in the country: Idaho.," 14 May 2018

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1672, in the meaning defined above

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