neck and neck

adverb or adjective

Definition of neck and neck

: very close (as in a race)

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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 The Indiana Senate race had been polling neck and neck, with neither Braun nor Donnelly able to establish much of a lead. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Mike Braun elected to US Senate: Republican wins Indiana race over centrist Democrat," 7 Nov. 2018 This metaphor suggests that the sides are of equal power: the good guys and the bad guys are fighting neck and neck, with the lead swinging back and forth depending on the day. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Stop calling Facebook’s effort to fix itself an “arms race”," 14 Sep. 2018 With only days to go to the Tuesday primary, a Florida Atlantic University poll of likely Republican voters released last week has the race’s two leading candidates almost neck and neck, with DeSantis at 32% and Putnam at 31%. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Trump folds on flag," 27 Aug. 2018 The polls show it neck and neck right now, 48-48, which is remarkable because, look, Georgia is a red state. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates explains how Donald Trump is trying to corrupt the Justice Department," 12 Nov. 2018 There hasn’t been a great deal of polling yet, but in three surveys since Labor Day the race has been neck and neck in every one. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Fox News Power Rankings: Dean Heller, survivalist," 19 Sep. 2018 The early polls show Heitkamp and her Republican opponent, Rep. Kevin Cramer, neck and neck in the November general election. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The 2018 midterms, explained by this Heidi Heitkamp ad," 17 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of neck and neck

1672, in the meaning defined above

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