win (something) by a neck(redirected from won by a neck)
win (something) by a neck
To succeed or defeat someone in something by only a very narrow margin. Making huge gains during the final lap, the underdog rookie managed to overtake the reigning champion and win the race by a neck. We only won by a neck, but at least we got the conviction we were looking for.
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win by a necksucceed by a small margin.
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