by a neck

by a neck

By an extremely short or slim margin (of distance, time, or another measure). They're just about to close the gates! It looks like we made the flight by a neck. The race was close till the very end, but Sally won it by a neck.
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by a ˈneck

if a person or an animal wins a race by a neck, they win it by a short distance: The final was very close, with Molina finally winning by a neck.
See also: by, neck