at breakneck speed

very fast, especially in a way that is dangerous

Joey came racing round the corner at breakneck speed.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • at breakneck speed — DANGEROUSLY FAST, at full tilt, flat out, ventre à terre; informal hell for leather, like the wind, like a bat out of hell, like greased lightning; Brit. informal like the clappers. → breakneck * * * at breakneck speed phrase very fast,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • at breakneck speed — adv. at high speed, at great speed …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Breakneck — Break neck , a. Producing danger of a broken neck; as, breakneck speed. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • speed — speed1 W1S2 [spi:d] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(of movement)¦ 2¦(of action)¦ 3¦(fast)¦ 4¦(photography)¦ 5¦(drug)¦ 6 five speed/ten speed etc 7 up to speed ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [: Old English; Origin: sped success, quickness ] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • speed — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ amazing, astonishing, breakneck, fast, good, great, high, incredible, lightning, phenomenal …   Collocations dictionary

  • breakneck — break|neck [ˈbreıknek] adj at breakneck speed/pace extremely and often dangerously fast ▪ He drove away at breakneck speed …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • breakneck — [[t]bre͟ɪknek[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n If you say that something happens or travels at breakneck speed, you mean that it happens or travels very fast. Jack drove to Mayfair at breakneck speed …   English dictionary

  • speed — 1 W1, S2 /spi:d/ noun 1 OF MOVEMENT (C, U) how fast something moves or travels: What speed are we doing? | Police are advising motorists to reduce speed. | pick up/gather speed (=gradually start to travel faster): Once outside the station, the… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • breakneck — /brayk nek /, adj. reckless or dangerous, esp. because of excessive speed; hazardous: He raced through the streets at breakneck speed. [1555 65; BREAK + NECK] * * * …   Universalium

  • breakneck — adjective Date: 1562 very fast or dangerous < breakneck speed > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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