What does breakneck mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. breakneckadjective

    moving at very high speed

    "a breakneck pace"


  1. breakneckadjective

    Dangerously fast; hell-for-leather.

    He came running around the corner at a breakneck pace and couldn't stop in time to avoid hitting the fruit stand.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Breaknecknoun

    A fall in which the neck is broken; a steep place endangering the neck.

    Etymology: from break and neck.

    I must
    Forsake the court; to do’t or no, is certain
    To me a breakneck. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.


  1. breakneck

    Breakneck refers to dangerously or extremely fast speed. It is often used to depict a pace that could potentially result in harm or disaster if not controlled.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Breaknecknoun

    a fall that breaks the neck

  2. Breaknecknoun

    a steep place endangering the neck

  3. Breakneckadjective

    producing danger of a broken neck; as, breakneck speed

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of breakneck in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of breakneck in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of breakneck in a Sentence

  1. Scott Joachim:

    As digital transformation of financial markets accelerates at breakneck speeds, fintech presents — in equal measure — significant opportunities and challenges for both investors and innovators around the world.

  2. Michael Jones:

    LNG demand is getting hit from all sides, power demand is weak, solar capacity is increasing at breakneck speeds, nuclear capacity is returning, and coal-fired generation is rising.

  3. Gary Schwitzer:

    Just reminding people to slow down. So much of what we're doing, reporting breathlessly at breakneck speed, doesn't need to be reported restlessly at breakneck speed.

  4. Karsten Engel:

    In the coming years...we expect the premium market (in China) to grow around 10 percent, and for us, a little bit more. The breakneck growth of 30 to 40 percent will not come back again.

  5. Liu Chunyu:

    The impact of government investment seems to be not as strong as previously, which could be because there are too many machines out there already, we know the breakneck growth we saw back in 2010 will never come back again.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • halsbrecherischGerman
  • halsbrytandeSwedish
  • [[kafa]] [[göz]] [[yarabilen]], [[son]] [[derece]] [[tehlikeli]]Turkish

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