639 – NECK Idioms

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Have you ever broken your neck to do something for somebody? Is your boss a pain in the neck or always breathing down your neck? Maybe you are up to your neck in work. Let’s study together.

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  • I can’t believe that the boss wants me to redo this entire report.  I broke my neck to get this done in one day and now I have to spend another day redoing it.
  • Jack canceled his birthday party?  I can’t believe that.  I broke my neck to find him a nice gift. 
  • I’m not going to break my neck to help her anymore.  She never appreciates anything that I do. 
  • When I was a teenager I had to be careful with what I was doing because my parents were always breathing down my neck.
  • You don’t have to breathe down my neck while I’m working.  I totally know how to do my job.
  • Kim said that her husband is always breathing down her neck when she uses her phone.  I wonder why he’s so suspicious.
  • If you had told me that you were going to be in my neck of the woods yesterday I would have invited you to come over.
  • My uncle always invites me to go fishing whenever I’m in his neck of the woods.
  • Whenever I’m in Jack’s neck of the woods, I stop by a quaint little cafe there because they have the best cappuccino. 
  • Going to the motor vehicle office to renew your drivers license is always a big pain in the neck.
  • Tommy said that his new boss is quite a pain in the neck.
  • Making homemade pizza is a bit of a pain in the neck, but it’s always worth the effort.
  • During my last semester of college,  I was up to my neck in homework.
  • Scott is an accountant and he’s always up to his neck in work a few months before the tax deadline.
  • Alice has four kids, so she’s always up to her neck in housework.

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