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neck and neck

Meaning: If two competitors are running neck and neck in a race, they are almost level.

For example:

  • Nearly all the votes have been counted and the two candidates are still neck and neck, so we don't know who's won the election yet.

  • The horses were neck and neck as they crossed the finishing line, so the judges have called for a photo.

Quick Quiz:

The top two runners were neck and neck as they
  1. started the last lap of the race
  2. talked to reporters before the race
  3. stood side by side to compare their heights

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