break your neck

break (one's) neck

To put forth a great deal of effort. I've been breaking my neck trying to get a passing grade this semester, so failing by two measly points is incredibly frustrating. Don't break your neck trying to please these people—they'll never appreciate it.
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break your ˈneck (doing something/to do something)

(informal) make a great effort: There’s no need to break your neck trying to get here by five. We can always wait for you.
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My wife said, `If you break your neck again, you're calling your own ambulance,' ' Tinsley said, his eyes watering with laughter.
You can break your neck, you can break your arm, you can get seriously injured,'' Phillips said.