stick one's neck out

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stick one's neck out (conjugation of stick)

  1. (idiomatic) To take a risk, putting oneself in a vulnerable position.
    • 1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, “chapter XVI”, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, OCLC 1227855:
      Uncle Tom's study was a place I seldom entered during my visits to Brinkley Court, because when I did go there he always grabbed me and started to talk about old silver, whereas if he caught me in the open he often touched on other topics, and the way I looked at it was that there was no sense in sticking one's neck out. It was more than a year since I had been inside this sanctum [...]

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