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 English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 

Idioms Body:  Neck and Throat
from: 'neck and neck'   to:  'stick in one's throat'

  • neck and neck
    • In a contest or competition, when two competitors reach the same level, they areneck and neck, so it is impossible to say who will win.
      "At the moment the two teams are neck and neck for the Word Cup."

  • (a) millstone around your neck
    • Something described as a millstone around your neck refers to a problem or responsibility that becomes a burden and a source of worry.
      "The money he borrowed became a millstone around his neck."

  • (a) pain in the neck
    • If you call someone a pain in the neck, you think they are very irritating or annoying.
      "She's a pain in the neck the way she keeps complaining!"

  • stick one's neck out
    • If a person sticks their neck out, they draw attention to themselves by saying or doing something that others are afraid to do.
      "Julie stuck her neck out and said that the sales target would be impossible to reach without extra staff."

  • a yoke around one's neck
    • An obligation, commitment or restraint that becomes an oppressive burden is called a yoke around one's neck.
      "When Matt lost his job, the repayments on the house became a yoke around his neck."
  • at each other's throats
    • Two people who areat each other's throats are always fighting or arguing.
      "The two candidates for the election are constantly at each other's throats."

  • cut your own throat
    • If you cut your own throat, you do something that will be the cause of your own failure or ruin your chances in the future.
      "Tony has already missed a lot of classes. He's cutting his own throat."

  • jump down someone's throat
    • If someone jumps down another person's throat, they suddenly start shouting at them in a very angry manner.
      "When I said the instructions were not very clear, she jumped down my throat!"

  • ram (something) down someone's throat
    • If you ram something down someone's throat, you force them to accept something against their will.
      "I encourage him to learn English but I can't ram it down his throat."

  • stick in one's throat
    • If something sticks in your throat (or craw), it is very difficult to accept and makes you angry or resentful.
      "The way he treats women really sticks in my throat!"

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