Definition of gatecrash in English:



[with object]
  • Enter (a party or other gathering) without an invitation or ticket.

    ‘you have gatecrashed a private meeting’
    • ‘Ejected from the bar late at night, I find myself gatecrashing a 21st birthday party.’
    • ‘When teams from outside the elite gatecrash the party the favoured clubs pick apart their squads to ensure no repetition.’
    • ‘I got the distinct impression that I was pretty much gatecrashing my own birthday party.’
    • ‘Somewhere in the bleary early hours of last Friday morning, a bunch of jubilant strangers gatecrashed the victory party of Labour's newest MP.’
    • ‘He must also demonstrate the merger is more beneficial than succumbing to someone trying to gatecrash the party.’
    • ‘Back in England, he bought a 600 cc motorbike with hippie flowers painted on the sidecar, which was enough of a babe-magnet to impress his future wife, whom he met after gatecrashing a party.’
    • ‘2004 is a big year, stepping up to play with the big boys on a level playing field, no longer the young whipper snapper who got to gatecrash the elite party.’
    • ‘On sitting in a pub she got a text from her flatmate about a party in Clapham which we decided it would be a laugh to go to since we both hadn't gatecrashed a party in years.’
    • ‘I was lucky - I gatecrashed some auditions that an agency was holding and got on their books.’
    • ‘Detectives also now believe the men had first attended an earlier party nearby and intended to gatecrash the function in the scout hut.’
    • ‘It's especially good if you're gatecrashing a victory party for a football team and get to do a lap of honour around the bar with the trophy.’
    • ‘In the evening they gatecrashed the wedding party and again beat up several guests.’
    • ‘The celebrities won, not because of any right to privacy or abuse of an image right, rather because the wedding was seen as a private occasion which was gatecrashed by people who later acted in breach of a duty of confidence.’
    • ‘According to the introductory spiel, this 2002 gig was a private party gatecrashed by a few thousand fans.’
    • ‘Put all this together and the surprise is not that India is gatecrashing the elite superpower league, but that it has not happened earlier.’
    • ‘They asked him to drive to Portman Square, near Oxford Street, intending to gatecrash a party but they made off without paying, the jury heard.’
    • ‘He had his recent 18th birthday party gatecrashed by a huge number of people and as a result had to close down the party much earlier than he would have otherwise.’
    • ‘You can gatecrash other actors' parties over here, which you'd never do in London.’
    • ‘The angelic party gatecrashed their night watch and the angels invited them to join the revelry.’
    • ‘‘No problem’ I said, ‘I've got a few things to do, then maybe I could gatecrash your party later on?’’
    intrusion, intervention, intercession, involvement, impinging, encroaching, trespass, trespassing, obtrusion
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