Definition of car crash in English:

car crash


  • 1An instance of a car colliding with another vehicle or with an object.

    ‘he was killed in a car crash’
    • ‘Imagine a world without cars, traffic jams and car crashes!’
    • ‘A car crash has rendered Lucy with short-term amnesia.’
    • ‘He recounts a childhood memory of superhuman strength at the scene of a car crash.’
    • ‘Sara's husband and young daughter were killed in a car crash, which spared her.’
    • ‘They were all in the same car crash together.’
    • ‘He comes upon a car crash and rescues a baby.’
    • ‘For the last two years of his life he found it almost impossible to work and he was killed in a car crash in 1956.’
    • ‘Despite the simplistic advertising campaigns, excessive speed is not a feature in 80 per cent of fatal car crashes.’
    • ‘Admittedly, over-the-top car crashes aren't anything new in these movies, but there's this one scene which defies all attempts to rationalize it away.’
    • ‘During just the last decade, the total number of people injured in U.S. car crashes has topped 32 million.’
    1. 1.1British informal A chaotic or disastrous situation that holds a ghoulish fascination for observers.
      ‘her life is turning into a car crash’
      as modifier ‘a classic piece of car-crash television’
      • ‘This is not a leadership, it's a car crash.’
      • ‘It was meant to be her big career revival, a triumphant return to form that would finally shush the incessant tabloid coverage of her car crash of a life.’
      • ‘His stream-of-conscious comedy can be astounding or it can be a car crash.’
      • ‘If you're a fan of car crashes, she is being given a real kicking over on the Guardian's election blog.’
      • ‘Her life's a car crash and the British public love to watch it.’
      • ‘Her debut as director is not the total car crash you would expect.’
      • ‘Your life's a car crash.’
      • ‘His chat show is a car crash.’
      • ‘Pretty much car crash TV, you know you shouldn't watch but you just can't help yourself.’
      • ‘You'd be forgiven for thinking the whole industry in Ireland is one slow car crash.’
      disorder, disarray, disorganization, confusion, mayhem, bedlam, pandemonium, madness, havoc, turmoil, tumult, commotion, disruption, upheaval, furore, frenzy, uproar, hue and cry, babel, hurly-burly
      failure, fiasco, catastrophe, mess, debacle
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car crash