sticking my neck out

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #286 [color=blue]“English Slang Idioms (8)”, question 10

“I don’t believe in sticking my out for anybody. It’s better to worry about yourself and not look for trouble,” he thought.

(a) hand
(b) neck
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(d) opinion

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #286 [color=blue]“English Slang Idioms (8)”, answer 10

“I don’t believe in sticking my neck out for anybody. It’s better to worry about yourself and not look for trouble,” he thought.

Correct answer: (b) neck
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…stick my neck out (for sb)…= to do or say sth when there is a risk that that you may be wrong because you believe in something.
syn: put my neck on line (for sb)

stick one’s neck out= do the risky , do or say something that may be a severe criticism in a painful experience.
Exp:
I may be sticking my neck out (=in predicting sth uncertain) but I think he’s going to win.
I may be sticking my neck out, she doesn’t believe in me, even she criticizes me.

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