against the collar

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against the collar

Difficult, exhausting, or problematic. The phrase originates from the collar on a horse's harness, which tightens on the horse's neck when it travels uphill. Primarily heard in UK. I was doing fine in the marathon, but it was a bit against the collar for the last couple miles. I don't think I have time to meet you today. Work has been a bit against the collar recently.
See also: collar
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It was pressed up against the collar of his T-shirt, at his throat.
The first section is invariably the slowest because of the standing start, and times from a downhill split differ enormously from those against the collar.
The increase was attributed to valuation gains in the government's holdings of euro-dominated assets in dollar terms due to the appreciation of the euro against the collar, the ministry said.
Stott smiled, nuzzling his face against the collar of his raincoat, ignoring the pain in his heel.
Try pressing your thumbnail, rather than the pad of your thumb, into the dog's ear (again, against the collar buckle).
75 million DIRECTV shares now underlie the collar and total borrowings against the collar arrangement are approximately $1.
However he barely got 10 furlongs on the Flat and I think he may well find the 10 furlongs all against the collar seriously tests his stamina in the William Hill Handicap Hurdle and I want to take him on with two tougher second season hurdlers who look much more blessed with stamina.
Every attack needs a cement man' a bowler who is always against the collar regarding choice of ends, slope and wind, and someone who not only still does a job but does so with never-failing cheerfulness.
I used a three wood up against the collar of the rough on the eighth and it was pretty much the only shot I had.
In his 1990 autobiography, All Against the Collar, he claimed to be the UK's youngest trade union officer ever, described how he "saved" Concorde, scuppered an incomes policy and catapulted his union into the headlines day after day.
When flies clambered up the pedestal grooves and bumped against the collar, the goo on their backs rubbed off on this ring.
The horse ducks his head, throws himself against the collar with his shoulders, and pushes the load along.
His gallops, all against the collar, stretched along the ridge beyond my back garden, and on occasions my pal Pete Rich - the future noted greyhound trainer - and I would trespass there, hide in a tree and watch the action.
England's win in the final npower Test match against New Zealand at Trent Bridge ranks with anything they have done this year --and that includes the previous five wins against the collar in Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, Lord's and Headingley.
The ball nestled against the collar of rough fringing the lake and he could only squirt it ten feet past the flag before missing the return.