risk (one's) neck

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risk (one's) neck

To do something that might cause severe injury or death. Today we pay our respects to the brave men and women who risk their necks every day to keep our country safe. I'm sure it's thrilling, but I'd rather not risk my neck just for a bit of an adrenaline rush.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

risk one's neck (to do something)

Fig. to accept the risk of physical harm in order to accomplish something. Look at that traffic! I refuse to risk my neck just to cross the street to buy a paper. I refuse to risk my neck at all.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

risk your neck

If you risk your neck, you do something dangerous which could cause you to die or be injured. I wasn't going to risk my neck in fast-flowing water to rescue a stupid cat. I won't have him risking his neck on that motorcycle.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

risk your ˈneck

(informal) take a big risk by doing something dangerous, stupid, etc: I’m not going to risk my neck complaining about the boss. OPPOSITE: save somebody’s/your (own) neck/skin/hide
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He was prompt to take up any poor devil's quarrel and risk his neck to right him.
"Your eminence doesn't know those walls; they are sixty feet high and I doubt if Monsieur de Beaufort is sufficiently weary of life to risk his neck by jumping off."
Director Steven Spielberg expertly taps into the actor's wholesome disposition to convey a man of principle willing to risk his neck both in the courtroom and behind enemy lines.
While he has mastered pretty much all of the tricks in streetbiking, he says there is one that still eludes him but he seems willing to risk his neck to go out and nail it.
"No one wants to risk his neck. This is such a technical subject with so many complexities involved," the official said.
Tory former homeland security spokesman Patrick Mercer (Newark) said that by willing to "risk his neck" the 22-year-old prince was helping to send an "extremely powerful message" but that had been rescinded.
Saxton's frustrations notwithstanding, Oregonians can feel good about living in a state where the governor will risk his neck to pluck a cat from a tree.
Only the greats tend to win more than one stage in the mountains each year, and since Armstrong is unlikely to risk his neck on the final descent, and Santiago Botero, Richard Virenque and Michael Boogerd have had their arms aloft already this year, punters should look to other possible winners.
If he didn't want to risk his neck, he would have to go back up the same way he got down--up that narrow path.
Cowardly Hewitt, 37, was not prepared to risk his neck and stayed holed up.