neck and neck

adverb or adjective

: very close (as in a race)

Examples of neck and neck in a Sentence

a neck and neck finish in which only a fraction of a second separated the winner from the runner-up
Recent Examples on the Web Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, is neck and neck or narrowly leading Biden in many national and battleground state polls. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, 31 May 2024 Both women were running neck and neck throughout the season, with Stone winning BAFTA and Gladstone taking SAG. Nate Jones, Vulture, 11 Mar. 2024 Barring a surprising surge for his sole remaining opponent in the primary campaign, Nikki Haley, Trump is on track to be the Republican nominee for president and is neck and neck with Biden in the national polls. Peter D. Feaver, Foreign Affairs, 19 Feb. 2024 With the presidential election between Biden and Trump neck and neck, Hawley and Schmitt could potentially wait out the Biden administration for a more favorable audience in a Trump administration. Daniel Desrochers, Kansas City Star, 9 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for neck and neck 

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Neck and neck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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neck and neck

adverb or adjective
: very close (as in a race)
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