break (one's) neck

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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.
See also: break, neck
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break one's neck (to do something)

 and break one's back (to do something)
Fig. to work very hard to accomplish something. I broke my neck to get here on time. There is no point in breaking your back. Take your time.
See also: break, neck
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

break one's neck

see under break one's back.
See also: break, neck
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.

break your neck to do something

exert yourself to the utmost to achieve something. informal
See also: break, neck, something
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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.
See also: break, neck
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

break (one's) neck

To make the utmost possible effort.
See also: break, neck
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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AFORMER soldier who was warned he would never walk again after breaking his neck will be taking part in this year's Great North Run.
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SCOTLAND star Joe Ansbro is set to miss the autumn internationals after breaking his neck in a club friendly on Friday.
A TEACHER left paralysed after breaking his neck in a freak welly-wanging accident on a school trip has lost his High Court claim for pounds 5 million damages.
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MAKING PROGRESS: Jack Smith is recovering in hospital after breaking his neck, and how the Gazette reported the story, far right; JACK remains cheerful and continues to have a lot of visitors and has been contacted by rugby clubs all over the country
We meet Geoff, parlysed at just 22 after breaking his neck, whose only chance to walk again lies with stem cells.
A father-of-three may never walk again after breaking his neck in an inflatable sumo wrestle.
Hugely popular on the southern circuit, Hedger also rode 16 winners over jumps - "my first ride was at Warwick in 1955 when I was just 6st 12lb" - but was forced to retire after breaking his neck in a fall at Kempton in 1965.
A pe teacher is making progress after breaking his neck in a trampolining accident.
GOALKEEPING legend Bert Trautmann, the former German prisoner-of-war who played on after breaking his neck the Cup final, is to be honoured by the Queen.
Skelton, who made a remarkable comeback in 2002 after breaking his neck, was competing in his fifth Olympics.
Minutes later he fell, breaking his neck and shattering his left hand so badly it had to be amputated.
Asked if the fights are fake, Canadian Vampire lists his injuries--including breaking his neck three times--and adds laconically: "I wish someone had told me.