from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Dangerously fast: a breakneck pace.
  • adj. Likely to cause an accident: a breakneck curve.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Dangerously fast; hell-for-leather.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Producing danger of a broken neck.
  • n. A fall that breaks the neck.
  • n. A steep place endangering the neck.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fall that breaks the neck; a dangerous business.
  • n. A steep place endangering the neck.
  • Endangering the neck or life; extremely hazardous: as, he rode at a breakneck pace.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. moving at very high speed


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