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 Necessity.Neck-verse (Psalm li. 1). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Oh that the Roman people had but one neck, that I might cut it off at a blow!” The words of Calig’ula, the Roman emperor.   1
   To break the neck of an enterprise. To begin it successfully, and overcome the first difficulties. Well begun is half done. The allusion is to killing fowls by breaking their necks.   2

 Necessity.Neck-verse (Psalm li. 1). 

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