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"neck" in British English

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necknoun [C]

uk   /nek/  us   /nek/
  • neck noun [C] (BODY PART)

A2 the ​part of the ​body that ​joins the ​head to the ​shoulders: He had the ​thickest neck I'd ​everseen. She ​wore a ​goldchain around her neck.
C2 the ​part of a ​piece of ​clothing that goes around a person's neck: This sweater's too ​tight in the neck. He wasn't ​wearing a ​tie and his ​shirt was ​open at the neck. a low-neck ​dress

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  • neck noun [C] (TOP PART)

part of a ​hollowobject that is at the ​top and is ​narrower than the ​part below it: the neck of a ​bottle/​guitar
specialized medical a ​narrowpart of a ​bodypart: cancer of the neck of the ​uterus

neckverb [I]

uk   /nek/  us   /nek/ old-fashioned informal
to ​kiss and ​hold a ​person in a ​sexual way
(Definition of neck from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"neck" in American English

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necknoun [C]

 us   /nek/
  • neck noun [C] (BODY PART)

the ​part of the ​body that ​joins the ​head to the ​shoulders: She ​rubbed her neck.
The neck of a ​piece of ​clothing is the ​part that goes around a person’s neck: His ​shirt was ​open at the neck.
A neck is also a ​narrowpart near the ​top of an ​object such as a ​bottle: a ​vase with a ​long neck
A neck is also the ​long, ​narrowpart of a ​stringinstrument, such as a ​guitar, on which the ​strings are ​pressed in ​order to ​produce different ​notes.

neckverb [I]

 us   /nek/ dated infml
  • neck verb [I] (KISS)

to ​kiss someone for a ​longtime
(Definition of neck from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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