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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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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The trials, in which mice were offered various essences, disproved the traditional view that rodents are most likely to risk their necks for a piece of cheese.
As their situation becomes increasingly `life or death', the dudes risk their necks in a series of wild stunts, but don't exactly do much to endear themselves to their audience.
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He said he was beginning to believe the information was false and claimed the IRA had not been prepared to "risk their necks" by giving the right locations.
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It's another to pay them to risk their necks in battle.