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

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

break one's neck

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

break your neck to do something

exert yourself to the utmost to achieve something. informal
See also: break, neck, something

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

break (one's) neck

To make the utmost possible effort.
See also: break, neck
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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.
A PENSIONER has died after breaking his neck in a cycling accident in front of his grandson.
A ROBBER tried to kill a ballet dancer by breaking his neck as he stole his iPhone, a jury heard yesterday.
Former art teacher Gordon Thompson, 62, has been confined to a wheelchair since breaking his neck in a fall in Northumberland in 1986.
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 29-YEAR-OLD Solihull motorcyclist had to be airlifted to hospital after breaking his neck in a crash on a busy Kidderminster road.
A father-of-three may never walk again after breaking his neck in an inflatable sumo wrestle.
Not only did he double his career total, from one to two, when winning the staying handicap hurdle on Irish-trained Habitual, it was, perhaps more significantly, his first victory since breaking his neck in a point-to-point fall.
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.
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.
He claims that Sottile grabbed Davis around the neck and that the two fell to the ground, with Sottile breaking his neck during the fall.
He thought he was at the deep-end when he dived into the metre-deep water, hitting his head on the bottom and breaking his neck.