neck idioms list
Let’s look at some popular body idioms that contain the word ‘neck’.
- a pain the ass/neck
meaning – an annoying person or thing
example – Filling in all these forms for university is a pain in the ass.
- break one’s neck to do something
meaning – use a lot of effort to achieve a goal
example – I broke my neck cleaning for the in-laws, but they didn’t show up.
- breathe down someone’s neck
meaning – monitor someone closely in an irritating way
example – My mum caught me smoking so she’s been breathing down my neck ever since.
- get it in the neck
meaning – be severely told off/punished
example – Stop messing around! If our project isn’t ready tomorrow, we’ll get it in the neck.
- neck and neck
meaning – equal
example – The voting is neck and neck, anyone could take the crown.
- neck of the woods
meaning – a location, neighbourhood
example – When you come to our neck of the woods, pop in for a cup of tea.
- stick one’s neck out
meaning – take a risk, put yourself in a vulnerable/unpopular position
example – I stuck my neck out and asked my boss to employ Chris. I hope he doesn’t let me down.
- up to one’s ears/eyes/eyeballs/neck
meaning – extremely busy
example – Josh is up to his neck in boxes. He’s moving tomorrow so he can’t come out.
- wring someone’s neck
meaning – you are very angry with someone
example – If I ever find the kids who defaced my mum’s gravestone, I’ll wring their necks.
neck idioms list with pictures
Here’s some real life picture examples.