break the work's neck

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While Charles Darwin was writing his book, Origin of Species, he went through he a great pain to revise and correct it to be suitable for publishing. When he was about to finish it, he wrote to his friend, J. D. Hooker, expressing his relief, saying:

I corrected the last proof yesterday, and I have now my revises, index, &c., which will take me near to the end of the month. So that the neck of my work, thank God, is broken.

The second sentence seems ambiguous with that idiom of "breaking the work's head". The only meaning I could find for breaking a neck has to do with doing one's best to accomplish a task. So, What did he mean?
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