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My hands are full and I can not hold my tennis ball, so I decided to hold the ball by pinching it between my chin and neck as shown in the picture.

Is it natural to say "I held the ball under my chin" or "I held the ball in my neck"?

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(At least to me as a native American English speaker...) "Under my chin" is more natural. "In my neck" sounds like it was somehow inside the neck itself (that is, under the skin), and doesn't immediately conjure the image of how you were holding it in the same way that "under my chin" does. "Against my neck" would sound a bit better, but doesn't convey that you're holding it there with your chin specifically, as opposed to, for example, with your hand.

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