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breakneck

1. Extremely, often excessively, fast. If he can maintain that breakneck pace, I think he's going to win the race! You don't have to drive at such a breakneck speed—it's OK if we're a few minutes late.
2. Very extreme or dangerous. I'm not surprised that the train derailed at that spot where the tracks make a breakneck turn.
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break one's back

Also, break one's neck. Make a great effort, work very hard. For example, I've been breaking my back over this problem for the past week, or Don't break your neck to get there; we'll wait for you. Both versions of this expression, polite equivalents of break one's ass, transfer the literal fracture of one's back or neck to figurative exertion. However, break one's neck has the secondary connotation of proceeding with reckless speed, a sense also conveyed by the term breakneck pace. Originally this idiom alluded to literally breaking one's neck by rushing heedlessly along, but it has been used figuratively for the past 300 years. Also see break the back of.
See also: back, break
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The business-like air with which two of them will join hands and proceed due east at a break-neck toddle, while an excitable big sister is roaring for them to follow her in a westerly direction, is most amusing--except, perhaps, for the big sister.
He then called down a little break-neck range of steps behind a door: 'Bring up that tea and bread-and-butter!' which, after some time, during which I sat looking about me and thinking, and listening to the stitching in the room and the tune that was being hammered across the yard, appeared on a tray, and turned out to be for me.
By day, we lay and slept in the drenching heather; by night, incessantly clambered upon break-neck hills and among rude crags.
Tom wondered within himself, as they strolled back again towards the fives court, whether the matches were really such break-neck affairs as East represented, and whether, if they were, he should ever get to like them and play up well,
Mr Abdulla, who sustained bruises in his chest and back along with superficial cuts on his body, said the car just swerved out of nowhere at break-neck speed before colliding with the riders out on a training session.
Having become accustomed to break-neck growth, the volume of container traffic between Asia and East Coast North America was disappointingly low for carriers in April and May, but things appear to have returned to normal in June.
Most of the young Saudis driving private taxis between Jeddah and Madinah and Makkah and Madinah are rash and drive at break-neck speed.
The answer is 'nothing' because the normal rules were chucked out of the window in a break-neck dash for points.
Grey ombre vase, PS30, BHS In Japan, dining is something to be enjoyed rather than raced through at break-neck speed.
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He then launched into a break-neck synopsis of the entire film from beginning to end from a scene where Rambo gets hosed down by enemy soldiers, which Lemon says he thought was "a bit homoerotic", to when the hero is attacked by an army of rats.
They ride down the public footpaths at break-neck speeds, often with no lights on their bicycles or any warning devices at all.
While one of the other attractions is the Whirlwind Rubsovsm troupe, who acrobatically catapult themselves into the big top at break-neck speed.
"He pulls too hard." You watch him settle off the break-neck pace of a Cheltenham race.
Seemingly with something to prove, they started quick and gradually worked their way up to break-neck speed.