Definition of clash in English:

clash

Pronunciation /klaSH/ /klæʃ/

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noun

  • 1A violent confrontation.

    ‘there have been minor clashes with security forces’
    • ‘He found himself in the middle of furious clash with a reporter.’
    • ‘ The player was suspended after a bloody training ground clash with his team-mate.’
    • ‘The protests turned into violent clashes with police.’
    • ‘Violent clashes with police erupted after demonstrators attempted to storm into the concert.’
    • ‘His duties throughout WW2 saw no clashes with the enemy and although he was battle trained he never fired his gun other than during target practice.’
    • ‘Several were injured in clashes with the security forces.’
    • ‘A naval journal from 1853-1854 reveals clashes with pirates in the Far East at the height of British imperial power.’
    • ‘During a clash with a French warship, Crawford is wounded and Scott-Padget takes over command.’
    • ‘At the first clash with French troops they turned and fled.’
    • ‘When they find out about each other it results in a violent clash.’
    • ‘Armed clashes between the two sides began to increase again.’
    • ‘The stretch of water has been the scene of deadly clashes between the rivals in the past and tensions have grown in recent months.’
    confrontation, skirmish, brush, encounter, engagement, collision, incident, conflict, fight, battle
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    1. 1.1An incompatibility leading to disagreement.
      ‘a personality clash’
      • ‘And indeed, for the first few days the clash of personalities and cultures can be terrifying.’
      • ‘Have you noticed recent personality clashes, suddenly overly-friendly colleagues, or small huddled groups round water coolers who stop talking as you approach?’
      • ‘The convoy itself encountered numerous difficulties; mechanical and logistical problems were compounded by stormy clashes of personality.’
      • ‘For far too long now, election campaigns in this country have been devoid of issues and dominated by petty issues and personality clashes.’
      • ‘The Executive is facing some major divisions - not only with ideology, but with personality clashes.’
      • ‘In every party, personality clashes occur all the time, but they don't normally emerge to the light of public day.’
      • ‘He puts it down to a simple clash of personalities.’
      • ‘The power struggle at centres around a personality clash between him and the man who has become the most important figure behind the scenes.’
      • ‘‘There was a clash of personalities and things took a turn for the worse,’ he said.’
      • ‘It is expected that a healthy flow of ideas and suggestions, and not a clash of personalities shall prevail.’
      • ‘The company, however, put the conflict down to a personality clash between the parties.’
      • ‘Lack of money seems a thin excuse, and his departure is more likely to have been the result of a clash of personalities.’
      • ‘So it may have been a matter of a personality clash.’
      • ‘What could have been a mutually beneficial working relationship was marred by the clash of their personalities.’
      • ‘His dissenting judgments brought many clashes with the House of Lords.’
      • ‘Ammu, did you really have many clashes with father?’
      • ‘And on Friday there's going to be a clash of these two different ideals.’
      • ‘Generational clashes over clothing are nothing new.’
      • ‘I do not think that it is grandiose to say that what we are seeing unfolding before our eyes is nothing less than the clash of two very different civilizations.’
      • ‘I very much hope that a clash of civilisations can be avoided - there's nothing inevitable about it.’
      argument, altercation, confrontation, angry exchange, shouting match, war of words, battle royal, passage of arms
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  • 2A mismatch of colors.

    ‘a clash of tweeds and a striped shirt’
    • ‘Gone are the stylish wedding planners who once plucked out the excess baby's breath and saved you from unforeseen colour clashes.’
    • ‘In France people need permission to paint buildings a particular colour in an effort to avoid a clash of colour in a street.’
    • ‘He spilled a can of green paint across terracotta tiles - what a horrendous clash of colours.’
    mismatch, discordance, discord, lack of harmony, incompatibility, jarring
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    1. 2.1An inconvenient coincidence of the timing of events or activities.
      ‘it is hoped that clashes of dates will be avoided’
      • ‘Because the site was so fully booked, the date could not be shifted to avoid a clash with the Boston event.’
      • ‘He said the club had considered the York City Knights when planning the event to avoid a clash with the rugby league club's big home game with Keighley.’
      • ‘The Olympic champion could well have won four titles if she had not chosen to drop out of the 100 butterfly to avoid a clash of events.’
      • ‘The clash of events is causing concern in G.A.A. circles as the concert may reduce the attendance at the game in Castlebar.’
      • ‘A previously advertised shoot at Ballyhaunis, for Sun. 27th June, has been cancelled due to a clash of dates with another event.’
      • ‘It was cancelled at the last minute last year to avoid a clash with another cycling event.’
      • ‘Due to a clash of dates the benefit social in aid of the M.S. Therapy Centre due to be held in Kennedy's this Saturday night has been postponed.’
      • ‘Due to a date clash, they were all riding at the Maxxis British Solo Motocross Championship in Northern Ireland.’
      • ‘This year for our 56th Annual School and Juvenile Sports we had earmarked a late June date but a clash with a big concert ruled it out.’
      • ‘The same clash of dates has prevented a return visit again this year.’
      • ‘The clash of dates, meanwhile, is unfortunate, though it hardly constitutes a disaster.’
      • ‘The clash of dates had caused speculation as to whether the Prime Minister would go to Rome for the pope's funeral or stay at home and attend the royal wedding in Windsor as planned.’
      • ‘He will be forced to miss the Tour of Flanders due to a date clash with the Southampton Boat Show,’
      • ‘And when the tour was confirmed, the clash of dates with the SAF Games became inevitable.’
      coincidence, concurrence, co-occurrence
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  • 3A loud jarring sound made by or resembling that made by metal objects being struck together.

    ‘a clash of cymbals’
    • ‘I was just starting to get back to normal when there was a loud clash of cymbals next door followed by the ‘Pom, Pom, Pom, Pom’ of a large lass playing the tuba.’
    • ‘Before the elf could answer, however, there was a loud roar of anger, a terrifying clash of metal, and a feminine scream.’
    • ‘The clash of metal echoed throughout the castle.’
    • ‘An ominous clash of thunder sounded in the near distance.’
    • ‘The man was unprepared for the assault and the pistol flew out of his hand, striking the wall in a clash of metal against stone.’
    • ‘The clang was followed by more loud clashes from someone dropping something.’
    • ‘I heard clashes of metal and yells and then nothing.’
    • ‘Metal hit metal, the clashes resounding again through the wide plains.’
    • ‘There was a loud clash of steel on steel as the swords collided, sparks exploding into being, before both warriors pulled away, circling each other warily.’
    • ‘The clash of metal resonated over the desert lands.’
    • ‘Suddenly I heard a clash of metal on metal which brought me out of my thoughts - I looked up and found I could see two people fencing ahead.’
    • ‘The clash of metal on metal reverberated through the alley.’
    • ‘Without another thought, they spurred their horses forward as shouts erupted in the air and there was the clash of metal against metal.’
    • ‘James set down his glass cup on the edge of the sink, unclenching his fist, and the clash of metal and glass seemed to reverberate harshly in her ears.’
    • ‘A staff hit her sword with the resounding clash of wood against metal.’
    • ‘Shouts came from nearby and the clash of metal was evident.’
    • ‘She heard the clash of metal and quickened her pace down the trail.’
    • ‘I would have replied, but I could hear the first clash of metal, and screams from the great hall.’
    • ‘At this drab time of year, the annual Jorvik Viking Festival bursts in with a blast on a horn and a colourful clash of swords.’
    • ‘From above, muffled cries of chaos could be distinguished, among the clash of weaponry.’
    striking, bang, clang, crash, clatter, clank
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verb

  • 1no object Meet and come into violent conflict.

    ‘soccer hooligans clashed with rival fans before the game’
    • ‘Suspected hooligans who clashed with rival fans during a pre-season football tournament were in custody today.’
    • ‘He clashed with the Parliamentary army under Thomas Fairfax, whom he heavily outnumbered, at Adwalton Moor.’
    • ‘The two groups clashed with each other and pelted stones.’
    • ‘Several people were wounded and one killed when protesters clashed with troops.’
    • ‘Demonstrators have clashed with police in recent days.’
    • ‘Our respective countries have had to keep armies, and inevitably our armies must clash together.’
    • ‘Rival groups clashed outside the conference.’
    • ‘Rival fans clashed in the town centre before the game.’
    • ‘Gangs clashed in several areas of town.’
    • ‘Two days ago , both gangs clashed over a trivial issue.’
    fight, skirmish, contend, come to blows, be in conflict, come into conflict, engage, war, grapple
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    1. 1.1Have a forceful disagreement.
      ‘Clarke has frequently clashed with his colleagues’
      • ‘This dispute is not the first time Marie has clashed with the council.’
      • ‘But Phillips disagreed and the two clashed over finance.’
      • ‘Each works in their own way to fight the corporate media system and its government control, eventually clashing over their differing methods of protest.’
      • ‘Wind farm champions clashed with critics at a green energy meeting in Kendal.’
      • ‘By voting for the reforms the students have clashed with older generations of doctors within the BMA who are opposed to random testing, seeing it as an infringement of their civil liberties.’
      • ‘The senator has really clashed with Republicans on the Hill.’
      • ‘I've never clashed with her over anything else.’
      • ‘Upon her arrival in 1862, she immediately clashes with the all-powerful ruler over his refusal to give her a house outside the Royal Palace in which to raise her young son.’
      • ‘Dan, now successful in advertising, is doing his best to drink himself into failure; in a bleakly comic scene he clashes with Julia, who has become a wealthy lifestyle guru.’
      • ‘Later, Rachel clashes with roommates after she takes it upon herself to pressure them to get up and get moving early - as it's done in the Army.’
      • ‘In our country and all over the world, we have a great confusion of various ideas and people clashing with each other.’
      • ‘The two have since clashed frequently over his spending to recruit top bankers.’
      • ‘He's a moderate Republican; he's frequently clashed with GOP leaders.’
      • ‘Members of the County Council have clashed over the issue of auctioneers' signs which are obliterating the countryside.’
      • ‘We were no longer supposed to argue, clash, conflict, debate, dispute, oppose, or protest.’
      • ‘Sources have told the Sunday Herald that the energy minister has clashed with the PIU's expert advisers and demanded that a draft be rewritten so that it was less negative about nuclear power.’
      • ‘The Government clashed with one of its biggest employee unions yesterday over the effect of a strike by workers protesting at the removal of security screens protecting them from the public.’
      • ‘The leader of the minority Liberal Democrat party repeatedly clashed with the mayor during last month's meeting of the full council.’
      • ‘The MP has clashed with his own councillors, after they decided to oppose any plan to build a third runway and sixth terminal, at Heathrow Airport.’
      • ‘Earlier this year the justice minister clashed with council leaders.’
      disagree, dissent, differ, wrangle, dispute, cross swords, lock horns, be at odds, be at loggerheads
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    2. 1.2Be incompatible or at odds.
      ‘his thriftiness clashed with Ross's largesse’
      • ‘The advice that women use barrier contraception clashed with the hospital's ethos, although the leaflet did say abstinence was acceptable.’
      • ‘However, his older brother, Anthony, has his own ideas about how to spend the money and their polar opposite fiscal philosphies eventually clash.’
      • ‘Tempers have flared as the newcomers' habits have clashed with local customs.’
      • ‘Their personalities clashed viciously, and this would probably only be the first of many disagreements.’
      • ‘But at some point, won't all those egos clash?’
      • ‘One could say that these differing philosophies clashed.’
      • ‘And you know, when you describe him as defiant and combative, I think that this is a really interesting case of where the video clashes with reality.’
      • ‘Clearly, the principle of self-determination clashes with the principle of territorial integrity and global leaders are increasingly seeing this angle to the problem.’
      • ‘I can deal with a film that has plot, but at times, it seems like the director's desire to break Hollywood conventions clashes with amateurish writing.’
      • ‘This figure clashes with that of the Office of Tobacco Control, as the State agency says just under 25% of Irish people smoke.’
      • ‘Communities with direct experience of the company's operations see another side of the company which clashes with the public image.’
      • ‘This position clashes with that of others.’
      • ‘The absurdity of the plot clashes with the show's craving for social realism.’
      • ‘The intern visibly suffers as idealism clashes with professional goals.’
      • ‘This rough, urban setting clashes with our preconceived notions about her adorable subject matter.’
      • ‘As soon as we find a value that looks universal, we see that it clashes with other, equally universal values.’
      • ‘This view clashes with the feelings of residents and businesses.’
      • ‘Doesn't it seem, though, that this clashes with their earlier demand for freedom for everyone?’
      • ‘He was aware of the reformist current in Iranian culture and government, which clashes with the more traditionalist conservatives.’
      • ‘Eastern religion and science can proceed side-by-side without dispute or clashing with each other.’
      in conflict, in disagreement, on bad terms, at cross purposes, at loggerheads, quarrelling, arguing, clashing, at daggers drawn, at each other's throats, at outs, estranged
      at variance, not in keeping, out of keeping, out of line, out of step, in opposition, conflicting, clashing, disagreeing, differing, contrary, incompatible, contradictory, inconsistent, irreconcilable, incongruous, discrepant
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  • 2no object (of colors) appear discordant or ugly when placed close to each other.

    ‘the yellow shirt clashed with her purple skirt’
    • ‘The explosions blossomed in the night sky, the colors continuing to clash against each other.’
    • ‘She used to love being outdoors, and she used to always wear bright, if sometimes clashing, colours.’
    • ‘The floor under Cecil's feet was tiled, colours merging and clashing in a dazzling display.’
    • ‘The blood's deep red hue clashed against his skin's pale white pigment.’
    • ‘Besides, the colours clash with my living room.’
    • ‘It was a bright orange color and it clashed horribly with my baby blue pajama bottoms.’
    • ‘The design challenges come in giving these bold evergreens enough shoulder room and keeping their flower colors from clashing.’
    • ‘She blushed bright pink from her neck to her hairline, the color clashing horribly with her auburn hair.’
    • ‘The green color of my bag clashed horribly with my yellow dress and my red hair but I couldn't be persuaded to leave it behind.’
    • ‘Be careful that your colors don't clash, either among the flowers or between flowers and furniture.’
    • ‘Note down how some people clash colours, while others are able to mix complementary tones that suit their overall look.’
    • ‘The only difference was the hair color; Jillian's was a fair, straw color, clashing with Aubrey's sandy locks.’
    • ‘Designs that use too many colors, colors that clash, or a messy layout, are just plain hard to look at.’
    • ‘Time and again, I've been told that color combinations I like clash.’
    • ‘I could colour it orange instead, but it would clash, and I think I would rather go to bed.’
    • ‘She's wearing an orange t-shirt and purple three-quarter pants that clash horribly with her hair.’
    • ‘He had very pale skin that clashed horribly with his black hair, which hung to his shoulders.’
    • ‘She blushed bright pink from her neck to her hairline, the color clashing horribly with her auburn hair.’
    • ‘We worked in silence; occasionally I had to tell him to use different wrapping paper or that his ribbons clashed with the paper.’
    • ‘The carpet clashes with the chairs.’
    be incompatible, not match, not go, be discordant, jar
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    1. 2.1Inconveniently occur at the same time.
      ‘the date of the wedding clashes with Sean's graduation’
      • ‘The gig clashes with the England-France match.’
      • ‘Broadcasters have already warned that fair coverage of a referendum would be impossible if it clashes with the May elections, and some ministers fear it could lead to a legal challenge in the courts.’
      • ‘Organisers of a popular fireworks display which clashes with England's crucial football game in Turkey this Saturday are hoping the big match action does not deter the crowds.’
      • ‘Derby Day, Sunday, June 30 which features The Budweiser on the Curragh race course clashes with the final of the World Cup.’
      • ‘I'm also nervous because the Spanish exam time clashes with my Intro to Law class.’
      • ‘It is a shame though, that the event clashes with the All-Ireland Under-21 final.’
      • ‘I was rather annoyed to realise that the London To Brighton Bike Ride this year clashes with one of the big staging rehearsals for the Chorus' Summer Show.’
      • ‘However, the date of the EGM may be changed as many retailers say it clashes with one of the busiest trading periods of the year.’
      • ‘He will compete in six of the championships' seven rounds, missing one because it clashes with his touring car commitments.’
      • ‘It is not known if the prime minister will fly to the funeral, or what he will do if it clashes with the prince's wedding on Friday.’
      • ‘In fact this clashes with Fenner's birthday party, and I decide that I can probably manage both in one evening.’
      • ‘I've not managed to get to Cropredy for some years, as it clashes with the Edinburgh Festival.’
      • ‘She should have gone out to visit Florida State University last month, but her visit clashed with an athletics meeting in Mannheim.’
      • ‘It was a shame that it clashed with the Wales - Ireland Six Nations rugby match, but looking back, people may have been better off watching the volleyball instead.’
      • ‘It is the second time that the play-offs are being postponed, as the previous matches clashed with the final of the NFA Cup, which in fact took place last weekend.’
      • ‘This is causing the operators something of a headache as they try to keep their tournaments from clashing with each other.’
      • ‘I understand the Boat Race was first changed to Sunday because it clashed with the Grand National and the BBC could not cover both outside broadcasts simultaneously.’
      • ‘But the timing was not great for Melbournians, for whom it was the start of the first week back at Uni, and it clashed with the Newcastle Writers' Festival.’
      • ‘Apparently, he was miffed that his party, at a fabulous palazzo, clashed with a dinner held in honour of Lucian Freud.’
      • ‘The parade will kick off at its usual time of 1.15p.m. despite the fact it is clashing this year with the Waterford City Parade.’
      conflict, coincide, occur simultaneously, happen at the same time as
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  • 3with object Strike (cymbals) together, producing a loud discordant sound.

    ‘The sound of there swords clashing together seemed to echo.’
    • ‘The sound of metal clashing together alerted the group and the knights ran to her aid along with everybody else.’
    • ‘Their weapons clashed as they met in the middle of the room.’
    • ‘From inside the gym, two swords were violently clashing against each other.’
    • ‘Draconis ran forward, Mango rushing to meet him, and their swords clashed together violently.’
    • ‘I heard the sounds of their blades clashing repeatedly as I raised myself to a stand.’
    • ‘Their blades clash again, though both are little less energetic than before.’
    • ‘Dante brought his sword down and metal clashed together as Kain swiped his upwards.’
    • ‘Clashing cymbals punctuate her hips as they start and stop.’
    • ‘Drums beating, cymbals clashing, the dragons blinked and leaped about athletically.’
    • ‘Sword clashed with sword and Katherine pulled away.’
    • ‘Her sword clashed with that of another as the reinforcements arrived.’
    • ‘Arrows flew through the air, spears were hurled at the intruders and at the defenders, and swords clashed with shields.’
    • ‘To his surprise though, his sword clashed with something else metal.’
    • ‘He used his knife to deflect her sword and they clashed with a loud clang.’
    • ‘With this their swords clashed with a loud clang of metal.’
    • ‘They moved swiftly and surely, swords clashing in a continual struggle, but they seemed fairly evenly matched for neither seemed able to get the upper edge.’
    • ‘Swords clashed, cold steel shining in the candlelight.’
    • ‘Their swords clashed as the audience watched in silence.’
    • ‘They watched as the two fighters kept moving, their swords clashing.’
    bang, strike, clang, crash, smash, clank, clatter
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Origin

Early 16th century imitative.