neck-deep

1 of 2

adjective

1
: reaching as high as one's neck
She stood in neck-deep water.
2
: standing in something that reaches to one's neck
usually + in
She was neck-deep in water.
often used figuratively
We were neck-deep in work.

neck-deep

2 of 2

adverb

: in something that reaches to one's neck
She stood neck-deep in the water.

Examples of neck-deep in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Video broadcast on local television shows villagers wading neck-deep through the muddy water with their cattle, and homes, shops and cars submerged in the floods. Manveena Suri, CNN, 23 June 2023 While its portrait of a nation neck-deep in fear, medication, and runaway overprotectiveness strikes home, Beau Is Afraid isn’t building up to some screed against the pharmaceutical industry or cynical internet headlines; its targets are more cosmic and existential. Vulture, 13 June 2023 Today, the media industry is neck-deep in discussions about how to measure audiences, and Collier’s worlds from nearly two decades ago seem to be on many executives’ lips. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 1 May 2023
Adverb
To understand why either of those things needed to be said requires a neck-deep familiarity with Leechin’s yearslong lore as a Swift superfan who refuses to drop a schtick. Kate Lindsay, Vulture, 1 Mar. 2023

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“Neck-deep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neck-deep. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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