Synonyms for nape

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She could hear his light breathing, she could discern his profile, then the nape of his neck.

But Gilles took him by the nape of his dirty neck and haled him back into the room.

Oliver caught him by the nape of his neck, spun him round, and flung him into the arms of Jasper.

Pull the nape cord taut and tie it to neck-wire in roof of mouth.

For the pain in the head, a blister to the nape of the neck.

He became aware of grey hairs curling over the nape of the neck.

Usually she wore it braided, and tied at the nape of her neck.

She was carrying her kitten as does a cat, by the nape of the neck.

He held the man by the nape of the neck, and the blood was spurting.

The cheeks and nape are white, while the rest of the upper plumage is iron grey.

WORD ORIGIN

"back of the neck," c.1300, of unknown origin, perhaps from Old French hanap "a goblet," in reference to the hollow at the base of the skull. "The entire absence of forms with initial k makes it difficult to connect the word with the apparently synonymous OFris (hals) knap [OED].

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