Definition of clash in English:

clash

noun

  • 1A violent confrontation.

    ‘there have been minor clashes with security forces’
    • ‘The union said the farmers arrested on Monday went to help a besieged neighbour, leading to violent clashes with militants occupying his land.’
    • ‘Their dispute has resulted in clashes with the police, and the union is considering legal action over the use of stun grenades and rubber bullets.’
    • ‘Riot police were involved last night in violent clashes with hundreds of youths in Leeds.’
    • ‘The protests turned into violent clashes with police.’
    • ‘Violent protests and clashes with armed riot police have continued every night since and have spread to other working class suburbs.’
    • ‘The others clashed with more than 1,000 police and more than 20 protesters were injured in two battles of clashes with police early Monday afternoon.’
    • ‘Antigovernment demonstrations and violent clashes with the security forces marked the months that followed.’
    • ‘Fifteen pro-hunting demonstrators were being held in custody today following yesterday's violent clashes with police outside Parliament, police said.’
    • ‘Four men have been arrested following violent clashes with police in a disturbance in Huddersfield during which a council building was damaged by a blazing car.’
    • ‘Last week a march organised by the National Union of Students ended in violent clashes with the police.’
    • ‘Violence, property damage, and clashes with police became expected features of the anti-globalization movement.’
    • ‘However his duties throughout WW2 in a total of nine countries saw no clashes with the enemy and although he was battle trained he never fired his gun other than during target practice.’
    • ‘Violent clashes with police erupted after demonstrators attempted to storm into the concert.’
    • ‘And several were injured in clashes with the security forces.’
    • ‘The anger and frustration of the most oppressed sections of youth that erupted in the form of violent clashes with police in the Paris area last week has now spread to the whole of France.’
    • ‘Over the past couple of months hundreds of thousands of protestors have dominated the country's capital, resulting in a series of violent clashes with police and brutal arrests.’
    • ‘Two protesters were killed in recent clashes with police and a police chief was photographed shooting one man in cold blood.’
    • ‘A naval journal from 1853-1854 reveals clashes with pirates in the Far East at the height of British imperial power.’
    • ‘Six persons including an 8 year old boy were injured in different road mishaps and three others were wounded in separate clashes.’
    • ‘Pioneer farming settlements began to spring up, canals were constructed, and the controversial building of roads and railways led to the famous clashes with Native Americans.’
    confrontation, skirmish, brush, encounter, engagement, collision, incident, conflict, fight, battle
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    1. 1.1 An incompatibility leading to disagreement.
      ‘a personality clash’
      • ‘The convoy itself encountered numerous difficulties; mechanical and logistical problems were compounded by stormy clashes of personality.’
      • ‘He puts it down to a simple clash of personalities.’
      • ‘It is expected that a healthy flow of ideas and suggestions, and not a clash of personalities shall prevail.’
      • ‘For far too long now, election campaigns in this country have been devoid of issues and dominated by petty issues and personality clashes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Have you noticed recent personality clashes, suddenly overly-friendly colleagues, or small huddled groups round water coolers who stop talking as you approach?’
      • ‘In every party, personality clashes occur all the time, but they don't normally emerge to the light of public day.’
      • ‘Ammu, did you really have many clashes with father?’
      • ‘‘There was a clash of personalities and things took a turn for the worse,’ he said.’
      • ‘And on Friday there's going to be a clash of these two different ideals.’
      • ‘So it may have been a matter of a personality clash.’
      • ‘The power struggle at centres around a personality clash between him and the man who has become the most important figure behind the scenes.’
      • ‘Lack of money seems a thin excuse, and his departure is more likely to have been the result of a clash of personalities.’
      • ‘His dissenting judgments brought many clashes with the House of Lords.’
      • ‘The Executive is facing some major divisions - not only with ideology, but with personality clashes.’
      • ‘And indeed, for the first few days the clash of personalities and cultures can be terrifying.’
      • ‘What could have been a mutually beneficial working relationship was marred by the clash of their personalities.’
      • ‘Generational clashes over clothing are nothing new.’
      • ‘The company, however, put the conflict down to a personality clash between the parties.’
      • ‘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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    2. 1.2British A sports fixture (used chiefly in journalism)
      ‘the Euro 2000 clash between England and Germany’
      • ‘Reds now turn their attentions to Sunday's promotion clash with Leigh.’
      • ‘Top seed Peter Nicol will meet seventh seed Simon Parke in an all-Yorkshire clash featuring two former champions.’
      • ‘The Yorkshiremen could not have got off to a better start in the Roses clash at Dark Lane.’
      • ‘Besides the controversy surrounding the fight, the clash also forms a grudge return match between the two boxers.’
      • ‘Parnevik kept up the pressure in a tense clash with Tiger Woods to take the game to the final hole.’
      • ‘Dietary dilemmas aside, the match promises to be a fiercely contested clash between two top rugby nations.’
      • ‘Leeds warmed up for their clash with Salford by beating Halifax 38-10.’
      • ‘First off is a tough trip to Bristol for a clash with second division pacesetters Gloucester.’
      • ‘Portuguese newspapers are looking forward to their team's quarter-final clash with England.’
      • ‘Bucks redeemed themselves against opponents who humiliated them 5-1 in a Rothmans Cup clash earlier in the season.’
      • ‘Andy Gray was back in training with Scotland today hoping he has done enough to feature in the crunch clash with Germany.’
      • ‘City's new targetman is excited by the prospect of making his debut in tomorrow's top-six clash at Brentford.’
      • ‘Torres who has reportedly amassed 53 career wins with 16 losses is said to be arriving for the clash next Saturday.’
      • ‘Noble admitted to be looking forward to the clash immensely.’
      • ‘Queensbury make the journey to Drighlington for an all-Pennine Premier Division clash.’
      • ‘Bulls boss Brian Noble has hailed the return to form of skipper Robbie Paul ahead of Sunday's clash with Huddersfield Giants.’
      • ‘Rochdale are unchanged for their National league Cup clash with Keighley at Spotland.’
      • ‘City went into the Carrow Road clash having lost six of their last seven games.’
      • ‘Away from England's group there are interesting clashes elsewhere in the first round draw.’
      • ‘Peter Fulton put Canterbury in command on the first day of their clash against Central Districts in Christchurch.’
      competition, contest, tournament, round, heat, game, match, fixture, meet, meeting, encounter
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  • 2A mismatch of colours.

    ‘a clash of tweeds and a striped shirt’
    • ‘He spilled a can of green paint across terracotta tiles - what a horrendous clash of colours.’
    • ‘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.’
    mismatch, discordance, discord, lack of harmony, incompatibility, jarring
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    1. 2.1 An inconvenient coincidence of the timing of events or activities.
      ‘it is hoped that clashes of dates will be avoided’
      • ‘The same clash of dates has prevented a return visit again this year.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘The clash of events is causing concern in G.A.A. circles as the concert may reduce the attendance at the game in Castlebar.’
      • ‘The clash of dates, meanwhile, is unfortunate, though it hardly constitutes a disaster.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A previously advertised shoot at Ballyhaunis, for Sun. 27th June, has been cancelled due to a clash of dates with another event.’
      • ‘Because the site was so fully booked, the date could not be shifted to avoid a clash with the Boston event.’
      • ‘And when the tour was confirmed, the clash of dates with the SAF Games became inevitable.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was cancelled at the last minute last year to avoid a clash with another cycling event.’
      • ‘He will be forced to miss the Tour of Flanders due to a date clash with the Southampton Boat Show,’
      coincidence, concurrence, co-occurrence
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  • 3A loud jarring sound, as of metal objects being struck together.

    ‘a clash of cymbals’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Before the elf could answer, however, there was a loud roar of anger, a terrifying clash of metal, and a feminine scream.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The clash of metal resonated over the desert lands.’
    • ‘I would have replied, but I could hear the first clash of metal, and screams from the great hall.’
    • ‘The clash of metal on metal reverberated through the alley.’
    • ‘She heard the clash of metal and quickened her pace down the trail.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An ominous clash of thunder sounded in the near distance.’
    • ‘Without another thought, they spurred their horses forward as shouts erupted in the air and there was the clash of metal against metal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Shouts came from nearby and the clash of metal was evident.’
    • ‘I heard clashes of metal and yells and then nothing.’
    • ‘A staff hit her sword with the resounding clash of wood against metal.’
    • ‘From above, muffled cries of chaos could be distinguished, among the clash of weaponry.’
    • ‘The clash of metal echoed throughout the castle.’
    • ‘Metal hit metal, the clashes resounding again through the wide plains.’
    • ‘The clang was followed by more loud clashes from someone dropping something.’
    striking, bang, clang, crash, clatter, clank
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verb

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  • 1Meet and come into violent conflict.

    ‘protestors demanding self-rule clashed with police’
    • ‘Several people were wounded and one killed when protesters clashed with troops on August 13.’
    • ‘Thousands of anti-government demonstrators clashed with supporters of the president in the capital yesterday.’
    • ‘The wounds left by one of the country's most serious public disorders in more than 50 years, where hundreds of youths clashed with riot police, would not heal overnight.’
    • ‘The violence began when police clashed with some 2,000 demonstrators who were demanding the release of six people earlier detained by police.’
    • ‘A demonstration turned violent when police clashed with protesters after the rally had all but dispersed.’
    • ‘Security forces clashed with a ‘terrorist band’, officials said last night.’
    • ‘In a sixth night of violence across troubled suburbs around Paris on Tuesday night, police clashed with angry youths and scores of vehicles were torched in at least nine towns.’
    • ‘On Wednesday, police in riot gear clashed with fans as Chelsea met West Ham.’
    • ‘The annual May Day demonstrations got off to a violent start overnight when police clashed with protestors in Berlin and the northern city of Hamburg.’
    • ‘Anarchist protesters brought chaos to the city centre today as they clashed with police in a series of violent confrontations.’
    • ‘A crowd of between 300 and 400 drunken louts clashed with police officers and vandalised a tram after the match.’
    • ‘Violence erupted on Tuesday when militants clashed with a bandit gang and 15 people were killed.’
    • ‘In Greece, a protest by 150,000 in Athens turned violent when police fired tear gas and clashed with anarchists.’
    • ‘Demonstrators in Cairo have clashed with police in recent days.’
    • ‘Students clashed repeatedly with riot police outside the court.’
    • ‘In Algeria, police have again clashed with protesters, this time to break up a demonstration.’
    • ‘Anti-war protesters outside the embassy have repeatedly clashed with riot police, thrown stones and ignited gas canisters and tyres.’
    • ‘Thousands of Chinese villagers have clashed with police after officials cut off water used for irrigating drought-plagued fields.’
    • ‘Some clashed with policemen who were trying to prevent conflict between the two groups.’
    • ‘He dismissed the anarchists who clashed with police on Monday as ‘losers’.’
    fight, skirmish, contend, come to blows, be in conflict, come into conflict, engage, war, grapple
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    1. 1.1 Have a forceful disagreement.
      ‘the prime minister clashed with other Commonwealth leaders’
      • ‘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 leader of the minority Liberal Democrat party repeatedly clashed with the mayor during last month's meeting of the full council.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The senator has really clashed with Republicans on the Hill.’
      • ‘Members of the County Council have clashed over the issue of auctioneers' signs which are obliterating the countryside.’
      • ‘This dispute is not the first time Marie has clashed with the council.’
      • ‘He's a moderate Republican; he's frequently clashed with GOP leaders.’
      • ‘We were no longer supposed to argue, clash, conflict, debate, dispute, oppose, or protest.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Each works in their own way to fight the corporate media system and its government control, eventually clashing over their differing methods of protest.’
      • ‘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 two have since clashed frequently over his spending to recruit top bankers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Wind farm champions clashed with critics at a green energy meeting in Kendal.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But Phillips disagreed and the two clashed over finance.’
      • ‘Earlier this year the justice minister clashed with council leaders.’
      • ‘In our country and all over the world, we have a great confusion of various ideas and people clashing with each other.’
      disagree, dissent, differ, wrangle, dispute, cross swords, lock horns, be at odds, be at loggerheads
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    2. 1.2 Be incompatible or at odds.
      ‘his thriftiness clashed with Ross's largesse’
      • ‘However, his older brother, Anthony, has his own ideas about how to spend the money and their polar opposite fiscal philosphies eventually clash.’
      • ‘Their personalities clashed viciously, and this would probably only be the first of many disagreements.’
      • ‘As soon as we find a value that looks universal, we see that it clashes with other, equally universal values.’
      • ‘The intern visibly suffers as idealism clashes with professional goals.’
      • ‘He was aware of the reformist current in Iranian culture and government, which clashes with the more traditionalist conservatives.’
      • ‘One could say that these differing philosophies clashed.’
      • ‘The absurdity of the plot clashes with the show's craving for social realism.’
      • ‘Eastern religion and science can proceed side-by-side without dispute or clashing with each other.’
      • ‘Doesn't it seem, though, that this clashes with their earlier demand for freedom for everyone?’
      • ‘The advice that women use barrier contraception clashed with the hospital's ethos, although the leaflet did say abstinence was acceptable.’
      • ‘But at some point, won't all those egos clash?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This position clashes with that of others.’
      • ‘Tempers have flared as the newcomers' habits have clashed with local customs.’
      • ‘This view clashes with the feelings of residents and businesses.’
      • ‘This rough, urban setting clashes with our preconceived notions about her adorable subject matter.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Communities with direct experience of the company's operations see another side of the company which clashes with the public image.’
      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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    3. 1.3British (in reference to sports teams) play a match (used chiefly in journalism)
      ‘the two sides clashed in a goalless draw at Old Trafford in November’
      • ‘Lara will be keen to cap his last international match with a win against England when the two under-performing teams clash on Saturday.’
      • ‘It will be the second time in a week the two teams clash following their 1-1 draw in a crucial league encounter at the same venue last weekend.’
      • ‘If all goes well for both of them, Stevens and Hunter will clash in the first quarter-final, on Wednesday, November 25.’
      • ‘In the Intermediate Cup, York and Scarborough will renew hostilities at Clifton Park, Pocklington and York RI will clash at Percy Road and Selby play hosts to Northallerton.’
      • ‘Even then the Clubs for some strange reason did not clash too often in major Championship matches.’
      • ‘It makes no sense at all for them to clash again in the semi-final.’
      • ‘The game was originally fixed for Thursday, August 7th and the sides drew when they clashed earlier in the league.’
      • ‘It is all of 98 years since the hurlers of Carlow and Meath first clashed on the inter-county hurling stage!’
  • 2(of colours) appear discordant or ugly when placed close to each other.

    ‘suits in clashing colours’
    • ‘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 explosions blossomed in the night sky, the colors continuing to clash against each other.’
    • ‘The carpet clashes with the chairs.’
    • ‘Be careful that your colors don't clash, either among the flowers or between flowers and furniture.’
    • ‘It was a bright orange color and it clashed horribly with my baby blue pajama bottoms.’
    • ‘I could colour it orange instead, but it would clash, and I think I would rather go to bed.’
    • ‘The only difference was the hair color; Jillian's was a fair, straw color, clashing with Aubrey's sandy locks.’
    • ‘The design challenges come in giving these bold evergreens enough shoulder room and keeping their flower colors from clashing.’
    • ‘She used to love being outdoors, and she used to always wear bright, if sometimes clashing, colours.’
    • ‘Besides, the colours clash with my living room.’
    • ‘Time and again, I've been told that color combinations I like clash.’
    • ‘Note down how some people clash colours, while others are able to mix complementary tones that suit their overall look.’
    • ‘Designs that use too many colors, colors that clash, or a messy layout, are just plain hard to look at.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The blood's deep red hue clashed against his skin's pale white pigment.’
    • ‘The floor under Cecil's feet was tiled, colours merging and clashing in a dazzling display.’
    • ‘He had very pale skin that clashed horribly with his black hair, which hung to his shoulders.’
    • ‘She's wearing an orange t-shirt and purple three-quarter pants that clash horribly with her hair.’
    be incompatible, not match, not go, be discordant, jar
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    1. 2.1 Inconveniently occur at the same time.
      ‘we play our home games when they do not clash with those of Liverpool or Everton’
      • ‘I'm also nervous because the Spanish exam time clashes with my Intro to Law class.’
      • ‘Derby Day, Sunday, June 30 which features The Budweiser on the Curragh race course clashes with the final of the World Cup.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Apparently, he was miffed that his party, at a fabulous palazzo, clashed with a dinner held in honour of Lucian Freud.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is a shame though, that the event clashes with the All-Ireland Under-21 final.’
      • ‘She should have gone out to visit Florida State University last month, but her visit clashed with an athletics meeting in Mannheim.’
      • ‘In fact this clashes with Fenner's birthday party, and I decide that I can probably manage both in one evening.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I've not managed to get to Cropredy for some years, as it clashes with the Edinburgh Festival.’
      • ‘The gig clashes with the England-France match.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is causing the operators something of a headache as they try to keep their tournaments from clashing with each other.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He will compete in six of the championships' seven rounds, missing one because it clashes with his touring car commitments.’
      • ‘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.’
      conflict, coincide, occur simultaneously, happen at the same time as
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  • 3with object Strike (cymbals) together, producing a loud discordant sound.

    • ‘Their swords clashed as the audience watched in silence.’
    • ‘Their weapons clashed as they met in the middle of the room.’
    • ‘Sword clashed with sword and Katherine pulled away.’
    • ‘The sound of metal clashing together alerted the group and the knights ran to her aid along with everybody else.’
    • ‘Their blades clash again, though both are little less energetic than before.’
    • ‘They watched as the two fighters kept moving, their swords clashing.’
    • ‘Swords clashed, cold steel shining in the candlelight.’
    • ‘Her sword clashed with that of another as the reinforcements arrived.’
    • ‘I heard the sounds of their blades clashing repeatedly as I raised myself to a stand.’
    • ‘He used his knife to deflect her sword and they clashed with a loud clang.’
    • ‘Dante brought his sword down and metal clashed together as Kain swiped his upwards.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Clashing cymbals punctuate her hips as they start and stop.’
    • ‘From inside the gym, two swords were violently clashing against each other.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The sound of there swords clashing together seemed to echo.’
    • ‘Drums beating, cymbals clashing, the dragons blinked and leaped about athletically.’
    • ‘Draconis ran forward, Mango rushing to meet him, and their swords clashed together violently.’
    • ‘With this their swords clashed with a loud clang of metal.’
    bang, strike, clang, crash, smash, clank, clatter
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Origin

Early 16th century: imitative.

Pronunciation

clash

/klaʃ/