to crane one's neck meaning, to crane one's neck definition | English Cobuild dictionary



  ( cranes    plural & 3rd person present)   ( craning    present participle)   ( craned    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A crane is a large machine that moves heavy things by lifting them in the air.  
The little prefabricated hut was lifted away by a huge crane.     
2       n-count   A crane is a kind of large bird with a long neck and long legs.  
3       verb   If you crane your neck or head, you stretch your neck in a particular direction in order to see or hear something better.  
She craned her neck to get a better view...      V n  
Children craned to get close to him...      V to-inf  
She craned forward to look at me.      V adv/prep  
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See also:

crane fly, cane, cranefly, crank

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
spoil someone's plans; spoil someone's pleasure or joy.
I hate to rain on your parade, but we will not be able to host your birthday party next week.
stop talking; refrain from saying something
be kept waiting
to lose one's temper
very familiar
(about a positive event/situation) happen out of the blue, without any effort from the impacted persons
make a lot of efforts to understand something
expression used to describe the practice of a company using internally the marketed products
[Bus.] expression originating from and widely used in software industry; the practice is also known as "dogfooding"
have everything together; have all things settled/organized
E.g.: Just when I had got all my ducks in a row and I was ready to go, I received a call and had to cancel my trip.
get rid of a strong feeling towards something or someone
[Informal] If you have done something wrong, tell him and get it out of your system. After the break up, it took him some while to get her out of his system.
snubbing people by using one's mobile phone
[Neologism] portmanteau word : phone + snubbing
go for something, take one's chances
the act of pushing one's face in between two ample breasts, and rocking one's head side to side very rapidly while making a vigorous, lip-vibrating "brrr" sound
it's a unintended call which happens when the keys are not blocked in one's pocket
posting a picture of one's pet on social media, with a sign describing the animal's wrongdoing
more specific: cat shaming or dog shaming
symbolically killing one’s internet unique identity.
the fear of being unable to use one's mobile phone
This can happen when losing the device, when out of battery, credit or network coverage
act in accordance with what is set verbally; apply what one's preaching for; double words by action;
often used in combination with "talk the talk".
to get rid of one's frustration (for example by doing something violent or impulsive)
a photo of one's suntanned legs usually taken with a smartphone and shared on social media
[Neologism] combination of "legs" and "selfie". Legsies are commonly used to brag about one's vacation
a poetic or humorous way of expressing one's fervent wish for somehting
oh for a bit of sunshine!
dominant position, use of an office with power and influence to expose or impose one's views
canned by Theodore Roosevelt
take a decision based on one's subjective conclusions, when objective evidence is not available
This expression means it is better to let one's emotions out, rather than bottled up inside. It is also often said when someone has gas.
this is just something my grandmother would say in cajun french
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