Phrases with "neck"

Arthur Morrison Like a flash his neck was clipped in the big man’s left arm: Josh Perrott was in chancery. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

It was always a neck and neck race between the two bins on either side of Dorothy and Nobby, bin number 6 and bin number 8. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

But when they came nigh to the cairn, there they saw great tidings, for there they found the shepherd, and his neck was broken, and every bone in him smashed. The Story of Grettir the Strong by translated by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon [1869]

Ann Radcliffe Laura wept silently upon his neck the joy of her heart. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Tyssen, with his sweater knotted around his neck and the inevitable cigarette in his mouth, joined him. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

His brow retreated and the stubby back of his head ran forward to meet it, while his neck below bulged out over his collar. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Edgar Rice Burroughs As the Fuwalda passed through the narrow entrance to the harbor and out of sight behind a projecting point, Lady Alice threw her arms about Clayton’s neck and burst into uncontrolled sobs. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

George Gissing But he would not lay upon her the yoke for which her neck was bowed in joyful trembling. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Francis Bacon His neck was bare to the shoulders. The New Atlantis by Francis Bacon

Let me quote: The lady takes the gentleman round the neck with one arm, resting against his shoulder. ’On with the Dance!’ by Ambrose Bierce

Rudyard Kipling It was sorcery, magic of the worst kind, thought Buldeo, and he wondered whether the amulet round his neck would protect him. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

Robert Green Ingersoll But the moment they got over they heard a crash, and looking back, discovered that this narrow neck of land had fallen into the sea. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Charles Dickens I could get no conveyance, and was soon wet to the knees; but I should have been true to that appointment, though I had to wade to it up to my neck in the same impediments. Hunted Down by Charles Dickens [1860]

The whole face gave the impression of being thrust forward by a neck strained with eagerness, but the threat of it was not the clean threat of death. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Wilkie Collins She hid her head on my bosom, and put her arms round my neck — and we waited a little while in silence. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

The letter called attention to the fly — and that an artificial one — on Sir Charles’s neck near the poisoned wound, and declared that such was the sign-manual of the accursed society. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

T. E. Lawrence The Howeitat killed them where they lay broken, stabbing a keen dagger into the throat-artery near the chest, while the neck was strained tight by pulling the head round to the saddle. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Her neck and arms were uncovered. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Lady Ardane almost choked in her great joy, and then running up to Sir Parry, who was standing trembling upon the threshold of the room, she threw her arms round his neck and burst into tears. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Stepan was leaning one hand on the table; with his neck and entire body forward, he seemed still to be listening. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Arthur Conan Doyle He rode himself within a spear’s-length of his standard, clad from neck to foot in steel, but draped in the long linen gown or parement which was destined to be the cause of his death. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Sinclair Lewis She circled his neck with bare arms, muttering, “Never any one but you, my darling. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Andrew Lang Their great shield answers to the great mediaeval shield of the knights of the twelfth century, the “double targe,” worn suspended from the neck by a belt. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Out of this door merged the burly figure of a man, with a black beard and spectacles, who was dressed rather absurdly in khaki shorts and a green shirt, the open neck of which displayed a hairy chest. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

T. E. Lawrence I plunged to my neck in front of her, and tried to tow her out, vainly. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Her neck had an obstinate bend; she leaned forward clasping her knees, for the moment a creature of rigid straight lines. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Leon Trotsky One of them was an old man whose brown neck was shrivelled into deep folds; the other was his young nephew. My Life by Leon Trotsky

A by-blow of some noble house, Darking had said; and for certain there seemed to be breeding in the slim neck and the graceful poise of his head. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

I returned to my lodging, and took a cold bath to cleanse the blood from my neck and shoulder. The Miraculous Revenge by George Bernard Shaw

Her old black shawl was on, her bonnet fell backwards and hung from her neck by the strings. Dick Mitchel by Ellen Wood [1870]

There was no additional strangulation; the noose about his neck was already suffocating him and kept the water from his lungs. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

It was only when I was nearly dressed and looking for a tie that I discovered that my neck was still soapy. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Guy de Maupassant She tied it very tight around the neck with string, and when she had finished she untied the dog. A Vendetta (Une Vendetta) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

It caught him on the point of the chin, and his neck cricked like the bolt of a rifle. Prester John by John Buchan

I remember thinking that they would not call me well-nourished if I broke my neck in a bog-hole. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Katherine Mansfield Andreas craned his neck to watch him all the way down the road, even after he had gone, listening for the sharp sound of those rattling cans. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

It was doubtless suggested by that old fancy of wearing a portion of elk’s hoof hung round the neck or in a ring, for this disease. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Rudyard Kipling Have I done well?’ The camel stretched out its neck and roared as there came down wind the pungent reek of camels in the square. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Henry James Nature had not shaped him for a Raphaelesque or Byronic attire, and his velvet doublet and naked neck were not in harmony with his facial attributes. Four Meetings by Henry James [1877]

D. H. Lawrence Her neck gave him a sharp pang, such a beautiful thing, yet not proud of itself just now. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Virginia Woolf It seemed all body, all muscle; even the neck had been consumed into the smooth barrel of the body. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

H.P. Lovecraft He had on a loose dressing-gown, and was swathed around the head and high around the neck with a vivid yellow scarf or hood. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

With a broken left arm I had little hold on my beast, so I trusted my neck to him and let him have his will. Greenmantle by John Buchan

The material treasure, the hard cash, which had lately set him in a glow, seemed now to load his chest and hang heavy round the neck of his heart. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

I have put my neck in the big collar because the other one was irksome. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

There was a man standing with his back towards us looking at a wall map, a very big man with a neck that bulged over his collar. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Anthony Trollope She was full of pride, and yet she knew she must bow her neck to the pride of others. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

She bent her neck to protect her face and stifled her sobs so as not to alarm the neighbors. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Upon that, Mr. Badger was produced; a thin man with a neck as stiff as a poker; who gave his reluctant testimony in a sweet tone of benevolence. The Ebony Box by Ellen Wood [1883]

Arthur Conan Doyle At the same time I see a white-faced, thin-lipped man leaning far forward over his horse’s neck and driving at me with his sword point, cursing the while as only a dragoon can curse. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

George Eliot Then he threw the bridle on Meg’s neck and prepared to make up his mind. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Rudyard Kipling I breathed on the back of his stooping neck — and — I’ve heard he never could be warm at any fire afterwards. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

E. Phillips Oppenheim A fresh breeze blew in their faces as they stepped out on deck, and Mr. Sabin glanced at her bare neck and arms. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

After making a leisurely survey of him, he extended his neck and bit off a small section of his victim’s thigh. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Henry Handel Richardson Madeleine watched him approvingly from one of the wooden bridges that spanned the neck connecting the ponds. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

So that, in this case, if the broken neck was the cause of death, the man would appear to have died from the effects of an accident. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Here, wait a minute, Chuck!” Luella unclasped the great yellow beads from around her neck and handed them to him. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Mohammed. 3 The allusion is to Abu Gahl, who threatened to set his foot on Mohammed’s neck if he caught him in the act of adoration. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

D. H. Lawrence The bird bent its voluptuous neck and peered about. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

The children had called him Signa, because of the name on the little gilt ball that they were scratched on — the little gilt ball which Nita had hung round his neck by its string again. Signa by Ouida

T. H. Huxley He then boiled the liquid and bent that long neck into an S shape or zig-zag, leaving it open at the end. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Charles Dickens His neck fitting into a hole, made for the purpose, in a cross plank, was shut down, by another plank above; exactly like the pillory. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

G. K. Chesterton He had her arm — that is she had his arm — round her neck — my neck I mean — and I could not cry out. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

She was just beginning to feel that they were neck and neck, in a way, and now Janet had shot so far ahead, in a night, in a paragraph. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

G. K. Chesterton Since then he mostly motored about by himself; but he was coming to Torwood, too, for the week-end; and I don’t see why he should deliberately break his neck almost at the very door. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Thus, by the time the family assembled for breakfast, between nine and ten, he had done enough, in his own language, ‘to break the neck of the day’s work. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

John Galsworthy He says you’ll break your neck one of these days. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Edith Wharton Shall we, Vanny?” She leaned to him with one of her swift caressing touches, and he sprang up and bent over her, covering her neck and shoulders with impatient kisses. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Anthony Trollope Upon my word, to see her turn her neck is the grandest thing in the world. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

William Dampier The neck is short and thick, bigger than the head. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

D. H. Lawrence She liked to see his neck glistening with water as he swilled it. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

By a mighty effort he got his right arm free, and though his own neck was in torture, he forced Vlastos’ chin upward. Basilissa by John Buchan [1914]

G. K. Chesterton His breast glittered with medals; round his neck was the red ribbon and star of some foreign order; and a long straight sword, with a blazing hilt, trailed and clattered along the pavement. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

George Eliot There was a sense of relief from what was becoming unbearable, and the rare tears came — they had never come before, since he had hung on Seth’s neck in the beginning of his sorrow. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Robert Louis Stevenson Had any one observed the result of my experiment my neck was literally not worth a pinch of snuff; after a few minutes of passionate expostulation I should have been run up to convenient bough. The Old Pacific Capital by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope Perhaps there were some who thought that in this way they would get the Senator’s neck under their heels. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis I did it! Old Doc Vickerson, he did the first ‘pendectomy in THIS neck of the woods, you bet! And first museum. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

She trembled a little, but I put her arms round my neck and she let them remain there. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Guy de Maupassant She was tearing up the face with her teeth and the whole neck was in tatters. A Vendetta (Une Vendetta) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Caroline wore continually round her neck a slender braid of silk, attached to which was some trinket. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Rudyard Kipling The King cast a wreath of heavy-scented flowers round my neck as I bowed, and inquired how my honoured presence had the felicity to be. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Rudyard Kipling But now his eyes began to get bigger and bigger, and he picked up the reins on his horse’s neck and looked behind him. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

William Hope Hodgson Thus was I saved in the very moment of my destruction; for the creature’s tentacles smeared the back of my neck as I leapt, and then I had smitten, once and again, and conquered. The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” by William Hope Hodgson

Gaston Leroux A good rope around the neck of all these little females — it is the only way, the only way!” A man entered. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Wilkie Collins She laid the portrait face downward, among some papers on the table, then abruptly changed her mind, and hid it among the thick folds of lace which clothed her neck and bosom. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

H. G. Wells He rubbed his eyes and felt his neck again. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

She thought of John Hammond, the tall, strong figure, straight and square; the head so proudly carried on a neck which would have graced a Greek arena. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

George Meredith His neck was shortened behind his collar as though he shrugged from the blast of a bad wind. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Henry Kingsley The doctor found round his neck a gold chain, from which hung a photograph of Ellen, and a black cross. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

In their most perfect condition, they curiously resemble the head and beak of a vulture in miniature, seated on a neck and capable of movement, as is likewise the lower jaw or mandible. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Wished he could wring Dance’s neck — or Ferrar’s — or that Wood’arts, whichever of the lot it was that had struck King. Knew it was one of the three. The Final Ending to it by Ellen Wood [1872]

H. G. Wells We appeared suddenly upon the neck of Lucendro — the Passo Lucendro — yesterday afternoon, and I defy you to discover the faintest trace of us before that time. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

George Gissing Her gown, trimmed with a collar of lace, left the neck free; the maiden cincture at her waist did no violence to natural proportion. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

H. G. Wells He swallowed by an effort, stretching his neck each time. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Steele Rudd Dad’s neck was stretching like a gander’s, and it looked as if his head would come off. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

Algernon Blackwood The current, I noticed, had torn away much of the clothing from the body, so that the neck and part of the chest lay bare. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood [1907]

Arthur Conan Doyle These thoughts helped me to suffer in silence while the blood still trickled over my neck and dripped upon the stone floor. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Carmichael got his heel with a venomous stamp upon the neck of Howie; and, in fewer seconds than it would take to write their names, the rascals were defeated and disarmed. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Edith Wharton He flung a brown arm about the horse’s neck and continued to scrutinize the stones of the court. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

John Galsworthy That bird! It was clinging to the brocade curtains, moving its neck up and down. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Now then, one arm round my neck and t’other on the line, but don’t bear too hard on it, for I doubt ’tis weakish. I Saw Three Ships by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

George Elio What had she ever done to him but love him too well — but believe in him too foolishly? He had no pity on her tender flesh; he could strike the soft neck he had once asked to kiss. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Henry Lawson Lizzie, don’t be frightened”— bending his head —“Lizzie, put your arms round my neck and kiss me — now. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

And I found the neck of that bottle! “Yes, sir, I will show it to you later. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Rudyard Kipling I’m my neck ahead on this game, anyway. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

E. F. Benson Recall the august yet harmonious lineaments, the Grecian neck and bust; let the round and dazzling arm be visible, and the delicate hand; omit neither diamond ring nor gold bracelet . Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

The old man was dressed in threadbare blue velvet, and the boy wore a frieze coat and a blue cap, and had about his neck a rosary of blue beads. The Secret Rose by William Butler Yeats [1897]

Anthony Trollope When he heard about the necklace he wasn’t going to put his neck into that scrape. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang This news so enchanted Riquette, that she flung her arms round the king’s neck and embraced him tenderly, greatly to his disgust, as he would infinitely have preferred the sticks of the soldiers. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The neck was drawn out like a plucked chicken’s, making the rest of him seem the more obese and unnatural by the contrast. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Only Joseph reposed in honorable indolence on one of the terrace benches, with a napkin, his badge of office, folded lightly round his neck as a protection against the night air. In Normandy by Ella D'Arcy [1904]

Watkin Tench While she paddles to the fishing-bank, and while employed there, the child is placed on her shoulders, entwining its little legs around her neck and closely grasping her hair with its hands. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Olaf Stapledon His gaze seized upon the nape of the hated neck before him. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

Andrew Lang The idiot hastily ran forward and hung the bowl round his neck from the chain which was attached to it, and took the lance in his hand. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Beside him rode a tall figure swathed to the eyes in wrappings, and wearing round his neck some kind of shawl whose ends floated behind him. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Benjamin Disraeli She loved her lord, and had cut off her beautiful hair, which reached almost to her feet, and had tied it round his neck in his coffin. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

She put her arms round my neck and, to my uplifted heart, she weighed no heavier than a feather. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Love thy mother, little one! Kiss and clasp her neck again — Hereafter she may have a son Will kiss and clasp her neck in vain. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

D. H. Lawrence When I felt this hot water on my neck and saw him running past me with no head — he’d got no head, and he went running past me. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Morrison And so, sobbing, he crawled through two fences to weep on the shaggy neck of Jerry Gullen’s canary. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

His neck was broken, so we discovered later. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

He was rather tall, but nimble, and was clothed in a dark, frocklike garment that reached from the neck to below the knees. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

As I touched her sex, she wound her arms round my neck and kissed me greedily with hot lips. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

George Borrow I have twenty times done that which by Busnee law should have brought me to the filimicha (gallows), yet my neck has never yet been squeezed by the cold garrote. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

D. H. Lawrence Suddenly she flung her arms round his neck and kissed him vehemently. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Algernon Blackwood It was the breaking of its over-toppling edge that caused the crash, and the coldness of the mass against his neck that woke him. The Glamour of the Snow by Algernon Blackwood

D.H. Lawrence Look at me, I am whittled down to the quick; but your neck is thick with compressed life; it is a stem so tense with life that it will hold up by itself. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Henry Handel Richardson But not so far that he could not see the dark, disfiguring blood stain her neck and blotch her cheek—even her ear grew crimson. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

O happy news, Catullus! I shall see him alive, alive shall hear him, Tribes Iberian, uses, haunts, declaring As his wont is; on him my neck reclining Kiss his flowery face, his eyes delightful. Poems and Fragments by Catullus

Occasionally we landed a few goods, which were taken away by Indians in large, clumsy ox-carts, with the bow of the yoke on the ox’s neck instead of under it, and with small solid wheels. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Once it fell about the short neck of Horta, the boar, and his mad lunge for freedom toppled Tarzan from the overhanging limb where he had lain in wait and from whence he had launched his sinuous coil. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Four merry beggars were they, and each had slung about his neck a little board that rested upon his breast. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Algernon Blackwood About the graceful neck hung a soft cloth of gold; dark lashes screened a gaze still starry and undimmed; there was a smile of shining teeth . Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

He wore a mustache and pointed beard, but no whiskers; his eyes were large and dark gray, and had a kindly expression which one would hardly have expected in one whose neck was in the hemp. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

On horseback, he traversed a virgin forest, obliged to bend over his horse’s neck to avoid the huge branches of holm-oaks and cork-trees, and laurels and heather that were thirty feet high. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Bram Stoker And I suppose he might have broken his neck by falling out of bed, if he got in an awkward kink. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Arthur Conan Doyle As I turned, a dagger flashed before my eyes, and I felt the cold wind of it pass my neck and the villain’s wrist jar upon my shoulder. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Jack London And I knew myself for Darrell Standing, just returned across the centuries to the jacket hell of San Quentin. And I knew the touch of finger-tips on my neck was Warden Atherton’s. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Jonathan Swif The pain has left my shoulder, and crept to my neck and collar-bone. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

The letter was so composed that if the officer had had the least understanding of the sublime and the beautiful he would certainly have flung himself on my neck and have offered me his friendship. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Leon Trotsky I was up to my neck in work, and consequently I did not feel at all like a stranger. My Life by Leon Trotsky

George MacDonald I ought to have left her to suffer, but the way she put her hand to her wounded neck went to my heart. Lilith by George MacDonald

Radclyffe Hall Her long brown neck rose up from a band of Liberty embroidery, like the stem of a carefully coloured meerschaum. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

H. G. Wells And she was wearing a light soft greenish-blue robe with loose sleeves; it gave glimpse’s of her pretty neck and throat and revealed her white arms. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

D. H. Lawrence Save for his hands and wrists and face and neck he was white as milk, with fine slender muscular flesh. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

When reflecting upon it, he still felt that he would like to wring Lieut. Feraud’s neck for him. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

With wonderful art the clever little actress managed to slip and lose her balance, so as to fall into his extended arms, clasping him around the neck as she did so. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

He made me lie down on a couch while he fingered the muscles of my neck and shoulder and seemed to be shampooing my head with his long chilly hands. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Edgar Rice Burroughs And then Perry turned and threw his arms about my neck and, burying his old face upon my shoulder, wept like a child. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Jezebel killed one, two died of heart-disease, and one broke its neck in the stable-yard. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Now it was up to his throat, feeling round his windpipe, clutching his neck in a pincer embrace. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

I have yards and yards of frilling to sew on before I dress — my sleeves — my neck — my sweeper. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Ruth put both arms around her father’s neck and laid her head down on his shoulder. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Robert Louis Stevenson The sand was smooth and firm, and shelved gradually down, so that I could wade out till the water was almost to my neck and the little waves splashed into my face. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

His neck grew red above his collar, and I was afraid I’d gone too far; but after a while he got his breath with a grunt. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Anthony Trollope The body is covered with sand, and the head and neck alone stand above the surface of the ground. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

In the midst walked the Lord Corinius. The lusty blood within him burned scarlet in all his shining face, and made stand the veins like cords on the strong neck and arms and hands of him. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Jack London Down the cords of my neck and into my patch of chest over the heart darting pains were making their way. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle I intend to cut canals through every neck of land where such a convenience would facilitate commerce. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Diamonds, rubies, and emeralds flashed in her hair, and on her white neck and arms. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

Arthur Conan Doyle At this window he marked, as he rode up, that a man was seated who appeared to be craning his neck in his direction. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

In front of my defences a ghastly pile of bodies was fast accumulating, and by craning my neck to right and left, I could discern similar heaps before the shelters of my next-door neighbours. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

William Morris But this jewel shalt thou have from my neck here and now; and thou knowest whence it came, thine Aurea’s neck forsooth. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

H. G. Wells Sure of its accessibility, he craned his neck over the side of the aeroplane and judged his pace and distance. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He was aware of his mother standing at the doorway in a wrapper, her wrinkled face compressing and squeezing and opening out into new series of wrinkles which floated and eddied from neck to brow. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Arthur Conan Doyle He rushed forward and threw his arms round his neck with the abandon of a loving girl. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Thomas Hardy Then I put my hand on the other side of your little neck —’ ‘I think it was just on my cheek, in this way. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Anthony Trollope He was considerably bothered, however, by his position; he felt that she would be a dreadful chain round his neck at the place he was going to, and he began already to dislike her. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

D. H. Lawrence I got one of them iron bars from the windows, and I stirred the brains of a couple of them with it, and I broke the neck of a third. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling His head and neck were the only parts of him off the floor. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Rudyard Kipling Then Little Toomai laid himself down close to the great neck lest a swinging bough should sweep him to the ground, and he wished that he were back in the lines again. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

William Hope Hodgson Yet, presently, I was able to sit upon the earth, and did hold my neck with my hands, and afterward the pain went away; so that I gat once more to my feet. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

E. F. Benson They were both on their way to canvass Diva, and crossed the road neck to neck, but Lucia by a dexterous swerve established herself on Diva’s doorstep and rang the bell. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

H. G. Wells One I broke the neck of as it ran past me . The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Theodore Dreiser Her full, smooth, roundly modeled neck was enhanced in its cream-pink whiteness by an inch-wide necklet of black jet cut in many faceted black squares. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Rudyard Kipling Mankeltow with his neck bandaged (he’d caught a relaxed throat golfin’) sent for Peters and told him to take those empty places away — if you please. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

D. H. Lawrence But on Sunday evening, there he sat, rather stiff and brittle in the old Withams’ pew, his head pressed a little back, so that his face and neck seemed slightly flattened. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle The one with the clean-shaven face and the twisted neck was Marshal Lannes, the other was General Razout, the head of the engineers. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Before she mounted her charger Mrs. Osmaston put her stout arm round Sarah’s neck and embraced her. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Henry James Before him on the grand walk strutted the familiar fowl of gardens — a splendid specimen — with ruffled neck and expanded tail. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

Anthony Trollope For, sitting on her pony, she had her arm around his neck and kissed him. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Andrew Lang But Killigrew merely said ‘she brake her neck . The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Charles Dickens Still, in the same moment, I saw the prisoner start up, lean across his captor, and pull the cloak from the neck of the shrinking sitter in the galley. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

George Meredith At present her very virtues excited her to fancifulness nevertheless she was in his charge, and he was bound to break the neck of his will, to give her perfect peace of wind. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Baldwin Spencer The decoration is very simple, and consists, first, of a band of white, passing all round the neck region for a breadth of four inches. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Radclyffe Hall She flung her arms around Joan’s neck and began to cry again. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Their hair was all hidden, save a few plain braids or plaits in front, and their neck was entirely covered. Three Hundred Years Hence by Mary Griffith

Henry Kingsley But Mr. Halbert seems of the Centaur species, and rather to enjoy an extra chance of getting his neck broke. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Though swathed from neck to heel in what Blanche told herself, with a peculiar feeling of horror, were old-fashioned grave-clothes, the second woman yet looked more real, more alive, than the other. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

But the attempt failed; and in the struggle which ensued, Haire’s neck became dislocated. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

John Galsworthy The Bishop’s lips moved and his eyebrows twitched now and then, but he spoke only once: “I shall be glad if you will kindly see that my neck is straight, and my teeth in place. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Jack London This would always culminate with the master’s arms going around White Fang’s neck and shoulders while the latter crooned and growled his love-song. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

I felt a pleasant languor beginning to creep down my neck and spine, but I was fully prepared, and without much trouble resisted it. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Abraham Merri From neck to knees a smock covered her, sheer and silken and delicate as though spun of cobwebs; through it her body gleamed as though fire of the young Spring moon ran in her veins. The Woman of the Wood by Abraham Merri

He was not aware of it in the least: quantities of the China Sea, large enough to break his neck for him, had gone over his head, had cleaned, washed, and salted that wound. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

H. G. Wells Before him was Uncle Jim, infuriated and evidently still coming on, and for defence was noth-ing but the neck of a bottle. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Sinclair Lewis He stood tickling the back of Whit’s neck with his beard, and observed “Huh!” And when Monsieur Schoelkopf said “Huh!” Whit wanted to go off and dig sewers. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

John Galsworthy I should imagine you will be glad to have your neck out of chancery. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

At every corner I think to see him, and now it is months since I broke his neck and he drowned. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

The Magnet was shortly brought to anchor opposite a neck of land on which stood a slaughter-house, and our voyagers could survey the greater part of the town from a very favourable position. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker