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    ''to crane your neck'' question

    Can I just take off ''your neck'' in the expression?

    ''Mrs. Dursley was thin and blonde and had nearly twice the usual amount of neck, which came in very useful as she spent so much of her time craning over garden fences''.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 25-Jan-2015 at 17:26. Reason: Fixed formatting of quote

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    Re: ''to crane your neck'' question

    I can't see 'your neck' in that sentence.

    EDIT: Right — I get it: you're asking if 'crane' has to be followed by '...neck'.


    crane v

    to stretch (the neck) as a crane does, esp. to see better:
    She craned to see what had stopped the cars ahead.
    He craned his neck to see who was ahead of him.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 25-Jan-2015 at 19:21.

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