Definition of splash in English:

splash

noun

  • 1A sound made by something striking or falling into liquid.

    ‘we hit the water with a mighty splash’
    • ‘I went back to reading my book until I was interrupted about ten minutes later by the sound of some enormous splashes.’
    • ‘He had not taken much notice until he heard a splash and the sound of panic-stricken voices.’
    • ‘Valos slowly opened his eyes as he heard the sound of a splash.’
    • ‘Then a loud splash sounded and I looked over to the dock to see the girl standing while the boy flailed around in the water.’
    • ‘When his body was dropped, some men though they heard a human sound come before the splash.’
    • ‘The occasional white gull winging its way through the air, the gentle splash of water against the hull, that's all there was to draw our attention away from each other.’
    • ‘It did rain the next day and the village was silent except for the splash of the water on the cobbled streets.’
    • ‘Only at the last moment would they dive into the water with a resounding splash.’
    • ‘At dusk, I like sitting on the bank of the Grand Canal listening to the soft splashes of water against the ancient Venetian stones.’
    • ‘She heard a splash as he poured water in the washbowl.’
    • ‘Suddenly, Siri heard a large splash of water next to her.’
    • ‘A loud splash of water was heard, and nothing else.’
    • ‘Lunging forwards with all her strength, Cassie pushes Julia backwards into the pool and watches with glee as she reaches the water with a splash.’
    • ‘Then there was a huge splash of water, and that was that.’
    • ‘With a hard pull, Sophie landed in the water with a splash.’
    • ‘As she passed the building, she heard the splash of water.’
    • ‘Before he could do anything he hit water with a loud splash.’
    • ‘I heard a soft splash of water, and the soft rubbing of a towel.’
    • ‘He entered with a loud splash, sending water in every direction.’
    splashing, swashing, dashing, beating, battering
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    1. 1.1A spell of moving about in water energetically.
      ‘the girls joined them for a final splash in the pool’
      • ‘A few splashes of water, and I'm feeling a lot better.’
      • ‘He leaned to listen to her splashes, but the water was still.’
      • ‘The horses were cantering lightly, making small splashes of water around their hooves.’
      • ‘In no time the ground was deep in water, and the splashes from their feet joined the raindrops bouncing roof high.’
      • ‘Within seconds he was out of the car, running into the river and sending up splashes of water as he waded out to the middle.’
      • ‘We were quiet for a while, the only sound in the kitchen the ticking of the clock and the steady splash of water as I methodically washed the cups.’
      • ‘The sounds of continuous splashes filled the air.’
      swim, bathe, dive, plunge, splash, paddle
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    2. 1.2A small quantity of liquid that has fallen or been dashed against a surface.
      ‘a splash of gravy’
      • ‘As they walked down the street, they heard a yell, which was followed by a splash of some liquid.’
      • ‘Add corn, reserved dill and a splash of reserved braising liquid and heat through.’
      • ‘The dumplings wade in a thick peanut mixture with a splash of soy sauce and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.’
      • ‘A split second later, she was rewarded by a splash of warm - almost hot - liquid.’
      • ‘There is even a thing called ‘male grooming’ these days which, apparently, involves more than a testicular scratch and a splash of Old Spice.’
      • ‘And, what compliments such a look better than a splash of (obviously fake) blood?’
      • ‘Medallion man womaniser Farina is forever offering the benefit of his experience, including dubious advice that women love a splash of cologne on a man's testicles.’
      • ‘Hell, when they get shot, most of them dig the bullet out of their shoulder themselves, using a tie as a tourniquet and a splash of Jack Daniels to clean out the wound.’
      • ‘The canapé of seafood fritters slipped down nicely with a splash of chilli and coconut cream dip as did the pink smoked duck croutons with their lively mango salsa.’
      • ‘Instead, I reject the cultural establishment's contention that politics can be rejuvenated by a splash of paint or an arty video slot.’
      • ‘A splash of cream extinguishes the last of the flames before paper-thin crêpes are warmed in the apple mixture.’
      • ‘Twenty years ago, grooming meant a fifteen minute visit to the corner barbershop and a splash of Aqua Velva.’
      • ‘With crunchy spring vegetables, Japanese noodles and a splash of soya sauce, a delicious, low-fat meal can be made in minutes.’
      • ‘I would be conveniencing myself if I spritzed a splash of French dressing on my shirt before I even entered the store.’
      • ‘There's water, obviously, and then there's some salt, a splash of chlorine, a hint of sulphur and a sprig of magnesium.’
      • ‘He developed high-speed photography, which could freeze a hummingbird in mid-flight or a splash of milk.’
      • ‘Then Holly discovered she had forgotten her contact lens case and had to improvise with two wine glasses and a splash of saline.’
      • ‘Avocados discolour very quickly, but a splash of acid rubbed or brushed on will slow that process.’
      • ‘Add the lemon juice, baby capers and a splash of Worcestershire sauce.’
      • ‘Other signature dishes include braised cod with a splash of rum and sweet and sour eel on potato chips.’
      spot, blob, dab, daub, smudge, smear, speck, speckle, fleck, patch, pop
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    3. 1.3A small quantity of liquid added to a drink.
      ‘a splash of lemonade’
      • ‘That's why we recommend using a consistent product like Rose's, and then use a splash of fresh juice to add some dimension to the drink.’
      • ‘Another, The Jacuzzi, has more of a kick to it lent by the addition of Bombay Sapphire Gin and a splash of lemon to the traditional drink.’
      • ‘Strain the ingredients into a ice filled highball glass and add a splash of soda water.’
      • ‘For a lighter cocktail, top off the drink with a splash of soda.’
      • ‘It involved a pint of milk, half a kilo of strawberries and a splash of sour cherry cordial to sweeten things up a bit.’
      • ‘Stirring in a splash of vermouth just adds more liquor.’
      • ‘Apparently, every single pupil had simply recounted throwing a teabag in a mug, boiling a kettle, pouring on water, removing the bag with a spoon and then adding a splash of milk.’
      • ‘As with most fruits, papaya will also excel as a drink, but due to its creamy texture, it is better to whizz it up in a blender with some Greek yoghurt, a splash of lime juice and a teaspoon or so of honey.’
      • ‘These include apple and blackberry with a burst of blackcurrant, orange and raspberry with a splash of cranberry, and lemon and lime with a hint of elderflower.’
      • ‘Now, add a splash of peach schnapps, then a gurgle or two of Jack Daniels.’
      • ‘The juice is available in Middle Eastern delis, but if you can't get hold of any, go for dry white wine soured further with a splash of lemon juice or vinegar.’
      • ‘So, I used a shot of cold coffee, a dash of milk with some chocolate powder in it, a splash of caramel syrup, and tons of ice.’
      • ‘Crack the seal, spill some for the spirits, pour it over smoking ice, and dress with a splash of whatever you fancy.’
      • ‘Now it's a steady rain, cold and gloomy… the kind of afternoon that calls for a splash of brandy in your cup of tea.’
      drop, dash, bit, spot, soupçon, dribble, driblet
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    4. 1.4A bright patch of colour.
      ‘add a red scarf to give a splash of colour’
      • ‘Darker colours tend to be more appropriate at work although there is no harm in adding a splash of brighter colour with accessories.’
      • ‘Add to this a splash of bright colour and the result is nothing short of arresting.’
      • ‘For a splash of bright colour it is hard to beat marigolds, Calendula officialis.’
      • ‘Clad in bright and subtle shades, the participants rendered a splash of colour to the stadium that buzzed with activity for the rest of the day.’
      • ‘First there were a host of tiles, partitions and wall coverings to enhance the look of the room with splashes of bright colour, muted hues and soft lighting.’
      • ‘The vibrant costumes and scenery gave bright splashes of cartoonish colour to the scenes and the props, such as hobby horses with nodding heads, were superb.’
      • ‘Painted a cool white throughout, the apartment provides a blank canvas for buyers, with splashes of bright colours in the soft furnishings.’
      • ‘Every splash of bright colour has gone back into a drawer not to be glimpsed again until next spring.’
      • ‘This wasn't quite as frivolous as it sounds; the standard urban wardrobe of black with white and the occasional splash of bright colour wasn't going to work in the bush.’
      • ‘Attached to a branch of a tree were half a dozen green and yellow plastic water containers that provided a splash of colour in the bright, dust coloured landscape.’
      • ‘Leaving the grey stone of the city, we stepped into a world of resplendent greens with splashes of colour as bright as the auroras themselves.’
      • ‘The city was sprawled out beneath them, a rainbow of earthen hues and bright splashes of colour.’
      • ‘The attractive berries produced by this popular shrub will brighten up a shady area and provide a splash of colour in the darkest months.’
      • ‘Green-fingered gardeners are preparing to add a splash of colour to the Auld Grey Town this summer with their entries for the 2004 Kendal in Bloom competition.’
      • ‘Elsewhere in the city, there was a splash of colour in York in the shape of a yellow school bus in Parliament Street - on tour from American book publisher DK.’
      • ‘Hanging baskets are a great way of maximising space on a small verandah or patio and provide opportunities for injecting a splash of colour around the house.’
      • ‘The black and white dress code was given a splash of colour by members of the Army, who attended in their Reds, and Colchester Town Watch appeared in medieval regalia.’
      • ‘Arriving in Cambridge on a Fulbright Scholarship, she is a splash of brash American colour against a backdrop of a dour Britain in the grip of Fifties austerity.’
      • ‘Hundreds of ducks brought a splash of colour to an East Yorkshire village - and helped raise hundreds of pounds for the local pre-school.’
      • ‘His presence would have added a splash of colour.’
      patch, burst, streak
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  • 2informal A prominent or sensational news feature or story.

    ‘a front-page splash’
    • ‘For nearly 15 years the media has contributed screaming headlines and front page splashes as well as serious studies.’
    • ‘My front-page splash became a three-inch brief on the inside - albeit one that took hours to report.’
    • ‘Of course, the hard but essential task now will be to maintain the sense of priority and importance about indigenous issues once the front page splashes die away again.’
    • ‘Front page splashes on serious crimes in the town centre are giving the police a bad name, officers say.’
    • ‘The Australian had the most comprehensive coverage with a story by Jane Schulze on the front page below the fold and the splash on the front page of the Media section.’
    • ‘Agenda-setting front-page splashes started reappearing as well as longer inside reads devoted to issues not normally touched by the Record.’
    • ‘The front page splash - the main headline - on the Daily Mail today is about the same story.’
    • ‘It's a risk, but if it happens, maybe it beats the thrill of all those front-page splashes and sold-out arenas hands down.’
    • ‘In the cases above, information was available years before the recent news splashes that would have at least thrown up caution signs.’
    • ‘It seems like a perfect investigation for the Hun, though today's front page splash on the bailed drug baron's Queensland holiday was a good get.’
    • ‘The Daily Record in Scotland was one of hundreds of papers who, thanks to The Australian, also got it wrong in its front page splash about Kylie.’
    • ‘This was enough to deliver the front page splash in The Sunday Age and Sunday Herald Sun and begin what will be a long and difficult fightback.’
    • ‘But the front page splash was all about how he had changed his tune on a few key issues such as a pulp mill in Tasmania and American bases.’
    • ‘The front page splash of the Morden Times reveals the town is to get two more police officers, bringing the total to nine.’
    • ‘The six page splash features the tanned newly-weds barbecueing corn cobs and canoodling poolside.’
    • ‘‘A delay may be a diary story for you, for us it's a splash,’ says the man from The Sun.’
    • ‘This conclusion won't generate the splash headlines and blanket coverage of this past week, which was just as remarkable as the political volte face.’
    • ‘Two months later the splash headline in the Mirror was ‘Married cricket legend harasses a mum for sex with obscene phone calls’.’
    • ‘The splash headline in the virulently anti-war Independent was exultant.’
    • ‘The Financial Times broke with tradition, using a white-on-black splash headline for the first time in its history.’
    feature, story, article, piece
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    1. 2.1informal A striking, ostentatious, or exciting effect or event.
      ‘there's going to be a big splash when Mike returns to the ring’
      • ‘There had been talk that Gagosian was building a new art gallery on the outer edge of Rome after making a big splash in Venice with a show by the official American artist Ed Ruscha.’
      • ‘With this in mind, Mr Brown will have his eye on making a big splash, hoping to follow up his speech with well-aimed and well-received tax incentives.’
      • ‘Tourism chiefs in Cumbria are bidding to make a big splash in the cruise market by attracting more liners and thousands of extra visitors to the county.’
      • ‘Former Handsworth student Blythe Hartley will look to make a big splash in Victoria this weekend.’
      • ‘Savvy riders will save Tidal Wave, the biggest splash, till the end of the day, and dry off in the car on the journey home, heater blasting.’
      • ‘The story of a musical entitled Springtime for Hitler is now making as big a splash in the West End as it did on Broadway.’
      • ‘His films ride existing awareness created by big marketing splashes for the originals.’
      • ‘They made their big splash, and like all big splashes, when the ripples subside, no one will remember it ever happened.’
      • ‘The Country Music Awards made a big splash in the big city last week, as the event was warmly received by New Yorkers.’
      • ‘‘We want to break into the town centre market and we want to make a big splash,’ he said.’

verb

  • 1with object and adverbial of direction Cause (liquid) to strike or fall on something in irregular drops.

    ‘she splashed cold water on to her face’
    • ‘Shakily I splashed some cold water onto my stricken face, wishing the cold liquid to act as a reality check, maybe even wake me up from this painfully real nightmare.’
    • ‘The bathroom was cool when she flicked on the light, and as she splashed cold water onto her face the reflection of the mirror caught her eye.’
    • ‘I had to push past a few kissing couples to reach the bathroom, and once inside I splashed some cold water onto my face.’
    • ‘He walked over to the handbowl and splashed the cold water onto his face.’
    • ‘I brushed a few loose strands of hair out of my face and splashed some cold water onto my face.’
    • ‘Cupping her hands into the water, she splashed the water onto her face and let the liquid run down her neck and cool her cheeks.’
    • ‘Composing herself quickly, she splashed cold water on her flushed face.’
    • ‘She dipped her hands into the icy cold water and splashed some water across her sleepy face, in a vain attempt to wake herself up.’
    • ‘It broke in half with the bottom falling back into the jar, splashing the liquid upon the hand that held the containment.’
    • ‘I tried to take it away from him but he fought me for it, splashing the urine-colored liquid on my shoes.’
    • ‘Blue liquid was splashed onto nearby equipment, but he didn't care.’
    • ‘He splashed the liquid in the container over the couch and hastily returned to his car.’
    • ‘Taking her time to wash and splash some cold water on her face, Angela slowly woke up more.’
    • ‘Something smashed against Valshar's face, shattering into dust to splash a clear liquid over the face.’
    • ‘She ran to the porch and picked up the bucket Hunk kept below the down spout to catch what little rain water fell, and she splashed the water over me.’
    • ‘The boy poured rice into the pan, splashing the scalding water onto Jamie's hand.’
    • ‘I splashed some water onto my face and wiped it with a towel.’
    • ‘Setting the kettle down, Kiyoshi made as if to examine his face in the reflection, and then splashed water onto it as if washing it.’
    • ‘He splashed the warm water onto his face and looked into the mirror.’
    • ‘Turning the water on, I cupped my hands under the faucet, and splashed some water onto the crusted blood.’
    spatter, bespatter, splatter, speck, speckle, blotch, smear, stain, mark
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    1. 1.1with object Make wet by splashing.
      ‘they splashed each other with water’
      • ‘Then they start to roll the log, spraying and splashing each other, performing all sorts of acrobatics while turning the piece of wood.’
      • ‘I pass a besotted dad with his toddler splashing each other from opposites sides of the fountain.’
      • ‘They dunked and splashed each other in an oversized birdbath.’
      • ‘I saw Tay and Jill down by the water, splashing each other and giggling in slurs which meant they were half drunk.’
      • ‘He continued to laugh as they fought in the water, splashing each other and she laughed with him.’
      • ‘No sooner than she said that, all four people were spraying and splashing each other, totally forgetting about their game of water volleyball.’
      • ‘They started splashing each other as Sunakai accidentally splashed water on Sunshe.’
      • ‘Soon after Ty and T.N. join in and start to splash each other in the tepid water.’
      • ‘The sunbathers had moved to the water, splashing each other.’
      • ‘Jeremy and Tara were about 20 feet out, splashing each other.’
      • ‘The children whined, splashing each other and Knazarath a few more times, but then followed the guard to the bedroom obediently, if a bit noisily.’
      • ‘Together they played like children, splashing each other, catching fish to take home, building stone castles along the sandy shore.’
      • ‘Brandy covered up as she looked out to Rob, Diana, Jade and Tara, running along the shore line, splashing each other with the abundant element of the day.’
      • ‘They took turned jumping from the top of the waterfall, laughing and splashing each other like they were kids.’
      • ‘After swimming and splashing each other for about an hour, they were exhausted and climbed out of the pool.’
      • ‘They had found an open spot on the beach, and were splashing each other, while Pat taped.’
      • ‘We goofed off in the ocean for quite awhile, dunking each other and splashing each other.’
      • ‘We were laughing and splashing each other as Ben came out with someone behind him.’
      • ‘The white children are bobbing in their rings, and two of them are splashing each other.’
      • ‘We giggled and laughed, splashing each other and running in a circle around the island.’
      sprinkle, spray, spritz, shower, splatter, slosh, slop, squirt
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    2. 1.2no object, with adverbial of direction (of a liquid) fall or be scattered in irregular drops.
      ‘a tear fell and splashed on to the pillow’
      • ‘The icicles began to melt, and a few drops of frigid water splashed onto her head.’
      • ‘I wiped my mouth with the back of my hand gingerly and turned back to Trey, watching the rain droplets splash on his face.’
      • ‘The object flew past his face and he thought there was some liquid splashing onto his neck, but he didn't understand what it was.’
      • ‘She shoved her glass at me, some of the burgundy liquid splashing onto my shirt.’
      • ‘She knew she looked quite a sight; her cropped hair was full of dust, and oil had splashed onto her blue jumpsuit.’
      • ‘However as soon as I slammed the door and began screaming at the top of my lungs, she dropped the glass and the clear liquid splashed all over her blazer.’
      • ‘A large drop of rain splashed on his arm, leaving a black sooty mark.’
      • ‘Liquid splashed up around her and stained her pants; the new ones her mother had bought for her the previous day.’
      • ‘The crimson liquid splashed around in the bottle, smearing against the glass.’
      • ‘It was almost impossible to see out through the windscreen at times, with the wind gusting and the spray splashing up.’
      • ‘Sara barely noticed the first few drops of rain splashing on her head.’
      • ‘Small soft rain drops splashed against my skin.’
      • ‘Suddenly, as I was sprinting backwards, huge drops of rain splashed on my forehead.’
      • ‘The blue liquid came splashing back up, hitting the people around her.’
      • ‘The waves crashed against the rocks, sending spray splashing across a pale face and closed eyes.’
      • ‘I felt myself falling into darkness, only stopping as water splashed onto my face…’
      • ‘Cassie looked down at her lap as a droplet of blood splashed.’
      • ‘I heard the splash, and the muddy water splashed up onto the sides.’
      • ‘As I expect, the water merely splashed onto the mirror and trickled down it.’
      • ‘He landed hard with a loud thump and the rain water splashed up around him.’
      swash, wash, break, lap
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    3. 1.3no object, with adverbial Strike or move around in a body of water, causing it to fly about noisily.
      ‘a stone splashed into the water’
      ‘she splashed up the path’
      • ‘Brice spun me around, holding my close to his body, for a few seconds before he tripped, sending our bodies flying and splashing into the water.’
      • ‘He sliced the water without splashing around and moved through it athletically.’
      • ‘They splashed noisily into the water and we clambered down the pier steps, watching the ghostly glows from their torches disappear into the inky blackness.’
      • ‘As he tried to put his other foot close to it, his body splashed into the water.’
      • ‘I used to sit on the beach watching their every move while they splashed about in the water.’
      • ‘Suddenly one of the crocodiles moved forward and splashed into the water.’
      • ‘Young children ran around the mucky puddles and splashed in the water, enjoying Saturday fun with their friends.’
      • ‘Tenchiki cupped his hands into a puddle of water and splashed into her, hoping it'd get her face.’
      • ‘The trailer suggests plenty of high-ocean thrills and spills, as well as gratuitous shots of tanned bodies (both sexes) splashing about in the water.’
      • ‘The floor around us was covered with several inches of water that splashed under the truck's wheels.’
      • ‘She saw the cars hurtle past carelessly, the rubber wheels splashing in the wide puddles.’
      • ‘On Sunday we hit the beach with Isaac and Jeremy, who had a marvellous time splashing about in the water, constructing mud sculptures, and collecting sea shells.’
      • ‘We had just spent a pleasant day on Belle Mare beach, splashing in crystal clear water across the street from a local ashram, the Asian version of a spiritual retreat.’
      • ‘Visitors are asked to ‘visualise a toddler splashing in water, a young child running in a school race or a teenager getting ready to go out’.’
      • ‘Here, you'll pass old men and boys fishing from the rocks, people running with their dogs, and seagulls splashing in the water.’
      • ‘Plain sailing all the way, these hardy members of the Yorkshire Ouse Sailing Club at Naburn enjoy nothing more than splashing about on the water.’
      • ‘At the Spree, General Rybalko led his tanks splashing into the water, without waiting for bridging gear.’
      • ‘It is a pleasure to see the ducks, geese and water hens merrily splashing around in the lake.’
      • ‘Her sister Natasha, six, was splashing about in shallow water unaffected by the current.’
      • ‘Others splashed happily in the water, swimming and having fun.’
      paddle, wade, slosh
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    4. 1.4be splashed withBe decorated with scattered patches of.
      ‘a field splashed with purple clover’
      • ‘Inside her one-bedroom apartment at Indiana University, however, the walls were splashed with vibrantly colored pictures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses.’
      • ‘The river banks were splashed with the colour of wild flowers, and all was still and silent, barring the whisper of the wind and the occasional raucous call of a bird.’
      • ‘The lush greenery of the marsh to one side and the swamp to the other was splashed with purple mallow and pink hibiscus flowers, and there were blue herons and white egrets flapping through the trees.’
      • ‘The wall was splashed with mega-sized posters welcoming ‘Amma’ to Andipatti.’
      • ‘The attractive foliage of the latter is splashed with green, pink and cream and forms an interesting block of colour, which if it appeared later in the season would be overshadowed by showier plants.’
      • ‘Following the creek eastwards from the ranch, it widens into a large but shallow wetland whose clear water is splashed with islands of lily pads and dense clusters of cat tails.’
      • ‘They were splashed with green, blue, orange, yellow, red, and purple all over, as well as my ceiling.’
      • ‘The sun was beginning to set, the sky was splashed with purples and pinks.’
      • ‘Johnny had blue and green on his right cheek and his chin was splashed with purple.’
      • ‘I can only make out a shadow since everything is dark, and the room is splashed with alternating flickering colors.’
      be flecked with, be dotted with, be stippled with, be studded with, be scattered with
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  • 2with object Print (a story or photograph, especially a sensational one) in a prominent place in a newspaper or magazine.

    ‘the story was splashed across the front pages’
    • ‘Four out of five of Canada's largest newspapers in the country splashed the story on the front page the day after the Monday night game.’
    • ‘It's in the unapologetic headlines splashed across magazines and newspapers.’
    • ‘Newspapers splashed graphic photos of the carnage across the front pages of yesterday's editions.’
    • ‘However, once the story was splashed across the Sun, the authorities had to respond or face media accusations of complacency.’
    • ‘Finally, these polling numbers were taken when sensationalistic front pages were splashed on every newspaper across the country.’
    • ‘The Premiership is huge in South Korea and is splashed across the newspapers every day.’
    • ‘Serena, in particular, was patently overweight and pictures of her larger-than-life figure were splashed across every newspaper in the land.’
    • ‘Prince Harry didn't ask for his life, and his party antics would have caused no offence if the pictures weren't splashed across every newspaper in the country.’
    • ‘Magazines and newspapers once splashed their pages with her photographs; all have made her famous.’
    • ‘Within hours, the picture was splashed across newspapers and Web sites around the world.’
    • ‘His trips to farms and factories and calls on average folk were splashed across state newspapers and television.’
    • ‘When Coleman's picture was splashed across every newspaper in the country the next day, the calls began to flood in.’
    • ‘Ferguson was splashed across the newspapers, just as Miller had been.’
    • ‘So how come this story isn't splashed all over the front pages of newspapers, and on every News TV channel?’
    • ‘The fact that the agency only received 10 calls on the matter did not stop The Scotsman from sensationally splashing the story on its front page on Friday.’
    • ‘Pictures of an intolerably alluring British woman with a fabulous body were splashed across newspapers around Britain and the world.’
    • ‘In the build-up to war, Mr Beattie found his photograph splashed across the front page of a national tabloid newspaper.’
    • ‘His case was splashed across the front page of a Montreal tabloid newspaper on Friday.’
    • ‘Even if things were otherwise, what would be the public interest defence for the tabloids splashing the story?’
    • ‘Those pictures were splashed across the front page of the newspaper that I then edited.’
    blazon, display, spread, plaster, trumpet, publicize, broadcast, headline
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Phrases

    make a splash
    informal
    • Attract a great deal of attention.

      • ‘And so, every so often, he cannot resist making a splash, drawing attention to himself and reminding people that he is a major Labour Party player.’
      • ‘With communicator Mercury stirring up your need to make a splash, you could emulate these ladies and attract lots of publicity with your words.’
      • ‘Our article has certainly made a splash, generating a great deal of criticism in the blog world.’
      • ‘Unfortunately it opened a couple of months after a much-ballyhooed Michael Moore film, and therefore got little attention, when it really could have made a splash.’
      • ‘Launched in 2000 in the US, and August 2004 in China / Asia, the company is relatively new on the vodka scene, but it is already making a splash with connoisseurs.’
      • ‘Since then, she's been a prolific choreographer, making a splash with Buoy at the Festival International de Nouvelle Danse in 1995.’
      • ‘And they come to Hyderabad after making a splash in the US.’
      • ‘Both dancers believe that the artist in residence program has given them the necessary stage and tools to continue making a splash in the city's dance community.’
      • ‘The bank is already making a splash with the most high-profile foreign bank outlet in Shanghai, located on a prominent corner on Nanjing Xilu.’
      • ‘The controversy over fish eating is making a splash.’

Phrasal Verbs

    splash out
    British informal
    • Spend money freely.

      ‘she splashed out on a Mercedes’
      • ‘And she believes the £2,000 she splashed out is money well spent.’
      • ‘My dear wife, who doesn't know it has arrived yet, will never cope, and she'll mock me, the person who is supposedly so careful with money, for splashing out on something I didn't want and don't need.’
      • ‘Londoners are less likely to be planning home improvements than people living elsewhere but those that are will spend more, splashing out an average of £1,586 each.’
      • ‘After splashing out the money to begin with, you could save up to £45 a year for each item, says Jennifer.’
      • ‘Those women who had the money were splashing out on the ‘New Look’ for the big day.’
      • ‘So for his next book they decided to splash out some money, with displays in Waterstone's windows and stuff like that.’
      • ‘Unless you had the money to splash out on the Tougher Than Tough box set there wasn't much you could do to get a taste of how rich the music was.’
      • ‘However, time off is much more fun when you have the money to splash out and live it up.’
      • ‘He is valued at around £5 million and Allardyce has admitted that he would interested in splashing out some money to strengthen his strike force.’
      • ‘Williams should wait before splashing out as the money could yet be shared.’
      • ‘Last year, flush with cash from successful investments, I splashed out, spending many hours online and on foot to track down the perfect gifts for family and friends.’
      • ‘I feel at the end of the season Chelsea are going to splash out a lot of money on some good players.’
      • ‘I've told him before to splash out some of his money for a pair of specs but will he listen?’
      • ‘You have borrowed some money and splashed out on anything from home improvements to a holiday.’
      • ‘Pensions specialists say that retirees tend to use the money to splash out on a nice car or a trip to some far-flung destination.’
      • ‘Rich retired people have taken to splashing out on themselves rather than putting their money away for their children, according to a new report.’
      • ‘I had some spare money and was bored over the weekend so splashed out on some DVDs that I'd normally not bother with from a local HMV.’
      • ‘Okay, you've splashed out on an iPod and spent a week turning your CDs into MP3s.’
      • ‘While less will be spent on gifts, more will be splashed out on on food, drink and decorations.’
      • ‘Money can't buy happiness unless you splash out on a Mercedes.’
    splash down
    • (of a spacecraft) land on water.

      ‘Apollo 12 splashed down safely in the Pacific’
      • ‘Such a capsule, touching down on land like Soyuz or splashing down in the ocean like Apollo, could conceivably be much easier (and hence faster and cheaper) to develop.’
      • ‘The ship had splashed down into the waters of Ever-Pitch only fifteen minutes ago, and he needed to get ready before he and the others left for the slaver encampment.’
      • ‘On March 8, one of the missiles splashed down in waters about 60 kilometers north of Yonaguni, Japan's westernmost island.’
      • ‘It was the basic shape, build like a large boat and able to splash down in water whenever it wished to dock on planet.’
      • ‘And maybe the astronauts on their way back to Earth would land in the field instead of splashing down into the sea like they were supposed to.’
      • ‘With a dive, from the time we leave the bottom of the sea, we're essentially freefalling upwards, and when we hit the surface we've splashed up, like an Apollo mission splashes down.’
      • ‘Space Transport also notified the Coast Guard, which issued a notice to mariners last month to watch out for the rocket, which was supposed to splash down by parachute a couple of miles from shore.’
      • ‘On the return trip, Verne's astronauts splash down in the ocean close to the place where the Apollo 11 crew actually did.’
      • ‘Russia's foreign ministry said on Friday the station would splash down away from major sea and air routes.’
      • ‘The pair then re-entered the Eagle, reuniting with Collins and the Columbia module before returning home by splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.’

Origin

Early 18th century (as a verb): alteration of plash.

Pronunciation

splash

/splaʃ/