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fall on someone's neck

  1. (dated, idiomatic) To embrace someone affectionately or thankfully.
    • 1856, Charles Kingsley, The Heroes, Story III: Theseus:
      [W]hen Theseus saw him, his heart leapt into his mouth, and he longed to fall on his neck and welcome him.
    • 1910, William MacLeod Raine, chapter 15, in Bucky O'Connor:
      If he expected either of them to fall on his neck and weep tears of gratitude at his pompous announcement, the colonel was disappointed.
    • 1920, Harold MacGrath, chapter 24, in The Drums Of Jeopardy:
      I ought to fall on your neck with joy. . . . You are my father's friend, my mother's, mine.
    • 1990 March 18, Anne Tyler, "Review of Collected Stories of Wallace Stegner," New York Times (retrieved 14 May 2015):
      "[T]he moment your delinquent showed the slightest sign of decency . . . you fell on his neck as if he had rescued you from drowning."
    • 2012, Karen Templeton, Hanging by a Thread, →ISBN, ch. 25 (Google preview):
      [A]fter falling on my neck and hugging me and calling me “cousin” like a character from a Jane Austen novel, . . . she sat me down.

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