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 Neck and Neck.Necked. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Neck or Nothing.
 
Desperate. A racing phrase; to win by a neck or to be nowhere—i.e. not counted at all because unworthy of notice.   1
 


 Neck and Neck.Necked. 

 
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