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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.

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
References in classic literature ?
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
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,
Most of the young Saudis driving private taxis between Jeddah and Madinah and Makkah and Madinah are rash and drive at break-neck speed.
Grey ombre vase, PS30, BHS In Japan, dining is something to be enjoyed rather than raced through at break-neck speed.
Summary: Half-tonne fighting bulls thundered into and knocked over daredevils on a break-neck bull through the .
They ride down the public footpaths at break-neck speeds, often with no lights on their bicycles or any warning devices at all.
The city's red hot hotel market looks set to continue the New Year at break-neck pace with two deals already underway for prime properties.
85 billion more toward its break-neck school construction project.
Mostly, though, Like a Dog is a break-neck comic confessional of Jordan's plentiful encounters with booze, drugs, and "the young, hopelessly lost, beautiful" boys whom he "affectionately calls, with his infectious Tennessee twang, "traysh.
Ethanol production capacity is expanding at a break-neck pace.
The error was rectified - or Wrigley fought his way back at break-neck speed.
But public television's founders could not have dreamed of all the emerging new media forms that would someday change the educational landscape at break-neck pace.
Of course, Sommers' break-neck approach to genre mishmash also prevents any chance of atmosphere or true dread to get a clawhold.