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’
    • ‘At dusk, I like sitting on the bank of the Grand Canal listening to the soft splashes of water against the ancient Venetian stones.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With a hard pull, Sophie landed in the water with a splash.’
    • ‘When his body was dropped, some men though they heard a human sound come before the splash.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A loud splash of water was heard, and nothing else.’
    • ‘Then there was a huge splash of water, and that was that.’
    • ‘I went back to reading my book until I was interrupted about ten minutes later by the sound of some enormous splashes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She heard a splash as he poured water in the washbowl.’
    • ‘After the final splash of the corpse hitting the black water below them, she peered over the edge.’
    • ‘He had not taken much notice until he heard a splash and the sound of panic-stricken voices.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Suddenly, Siri heard a large splash of water next to her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Before he could do anything he hit water with a loud splash.’
    • ‘Valos slowly opened his eyes as he heard the sound of a splash.’
    • ‘As she passed the building, she heard the splash of water.’
    splashing, swashing, dashing, beating, battering
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    1. 1.1 A 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.’
      • ‘In no time the ground was deep in water, and the splashes from their feet joined the raindrops bouncing roof high.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He leaned to listen to her splashes, but the water was still.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The horses were cantering lightly, making small splashes of water around their hooves.’
      swim, bathe, dive, plunge, paddle
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    2. 1.2 A small quantity of liquid that has fallen or been dashed against a surface.
      ‘a splash of gravy’
      • ‘Then Holly discovered she had forgotten her contact lens case and had to improvise with two wine glasses and a splash of saline.’
      • ‘A split second later, she was rewarded by a splash of warm - almost hot - liquid.’
      • ‘There's water, obviously, and then there's some salt, a splash of chlorine, a hint of sulphur and a sprig of magnesium.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is even a thing called ‘male grooming’ these days which, apparently, involves more than a testicular scratch and a splash of Old Spice.’
      • ‘Other signature dishes include braised cod with a splash of rum and sweet and sour eel on potato chips.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He developed high-speed photography, which could freeze a hummingbird in mid-flight or a splash of milk.’
      • ‘A splash of cream extinguishes the last of the flames before paper-thin crêpes are warmed in the apple mixture.’
      • ‘Avocados discolour very quickly, but a splash of acid rubbed or brushed on will slow that process.’
      • ‘And, what compliments such a look better than a splash of (obviously fake) blood?’
      • ‘The dumplings wade in a thick peanut mixture with a splash of soy sauce and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As they walked down the street, they heard a yell, which was followed by a splash of some liquid.’
      • ‘Twenty years ago, grooming meant a fifteen minute visit to the corner barbershop and a splash of Aqua Velva.’
      • ‘Add corn, reserved dill and a splash of reserved braising liquid and heat through.’
      • ‘With crunchy spring vegetables, Japanese noodles and a splash of soya sauce, a delicious, low-fat meal can be made in minutes.’
      • ‘Instead, I reject the cultural establishment's contention that politics can be rejuvenated by a splash of paint or an arty video slot.’
      • ‘Add the lemon juice, baby capers and a splash of Worcestershire sauce.’
      • ‘I would be conveniencing myself if I spritzed a splash of French dressing on my shirt before I even entered the store.’
      spot, blob, dab, daub, smudge, smear, speck, speckle, fleck, patch, pop
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    3. 1.3 A small quantity of liquid added to a drink.
      ‘a splash of lemonade’
      • ‘For a lighter cocktail, top off the drink with a splash of soda.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Stirring in a splash of vermouth just adds more liquor.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 it's a steady rain, cold and gloomy… the kind of afternoon that calls for a splash of brandy in your cup of tea.’
      • ‘Crack the seal, spill some for the spirits, pour it over smoking ice, and dress with a splash of whatever you fancy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Strain the ingredients into a ice filled highball glass and add a splash of soda water.’
      • ‘Now, add a splash of peach schnapps, then a gurgle or two of Jack Daniels.’
      • ‘It involved a pint of milk, half a kilo of strawberries and a splash of sour cherry cordial to sweeten things up a bit.’
      drop, dash, bit, spot, soupçon, dribble, driblet
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    4. 1.4 A bright patch of colour.
      ‘add a red scarf to give a splash 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.’
      • ‘The city was sprawled out beneath them, a rainbow of earthen hues and bright splashes of colour.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His presence would have added a splash of colour.’
      • ‘Hundreds of ducks brought a splash of colour to an East Yorkshire village - and helped raise hundreds of pounds for the local pre-school.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Darker colours tend to be more appropriate at work although there is no harm in adding a splash of brighter colour with accessories.’
      patch, burst, streak
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  • 2informal A prominent or sensational news feature or story.

    ‘a front-page splash’
    • ‘The six page splash features the tanned newly-weds barbecueing corn cobs and canoodling poolside.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For nearly 15 years the media has contributed screaming headlines and front page splashes as well as serious studies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The splash headline in the virulently anti-war Independent was exultant.’
    • ‘‘A delay may be a diary story for you, for us it's a splash,’ says the man from The Sun.’
    • ‘Front page splashes on serious crimes in the town centre are giving the police a bad name, officers say.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Financial Times broke with tradition, using a white-on-black splash headline for the first time in its history.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The front page splash - the main headline - on the Daily Mail today is about the same story.’
    • ‘My front-page splash became a three-inch brief on the inside - albeit one that took hours to report.’
    • ‘The front page splash of the Morden Times reveals the town is to get two more police officers, bringing the total to nine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Two months later the splash headline in the Mirror was ‘Married cricket legend harasses a mum for sex with obscene phone calls’.’
    • ‘Agenda-setting front-page splashes started reappearing as well as longer inside reads devoted to issues not normally touched by the Record.’
    • ‘In the cases above, information was available years before the recent news splashes that would have at least thrown up caution signs.’
    feature, story, article, piece
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    1. 2.1 A striking, ostentatious, or exciting effect or event.
      ‘there's going to be a big splash when Mike returns to the ring’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘We want to break into the town centre market and we want to make a big splash,’ he said.’
      • ‘They made their big splash, and like all big splashes, when the ripples subside, no one will remember it ever happened.’
      • ‘Former Handsworth student Blythe Hartley will look to make a big splash in Victoria this weekend.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His films ride existing awareness created by big marketing splashes for the originals.’
      • ‘The Country Music Awards made a big splash in the big city last week, as the event was warmly received by New Yorkers.’
      • ‘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.’

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’
    • ‘He splashed the liquid in the container over the couch and hastily returned to his car.’
    • ‘It broke in half with the bottom falling back into the jar, splashing the liquid upon the hand that held the containment.’
    • ‘I had to push past a few kissing couples to reach the bathroom, and once inside I splashed some cold water onto my face.’
    • ‘Turning the water on, I cupped my hands under the faucet, and splashed some water onto the crusted blood.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He splashed the warm water onto his face and looked into the mirror.’
    • ‘Taking her time to wash and splash some cold water on her face, Angela slowly woke up more.’
    • ‘I splashed some water onto my face and wiped it with a towel.’
    • ‘He walked over to the handbowl and splashed the cold water onto his 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.’
    • ‘I tried to take it away from him but he fought me for it, splashing the urine-colored liquid on my shoes.’
    • ‘Something smashed against Valshar's face, shattering into dust to splash a clear liquid over the face.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Blue liquid was splashed onto nearby equipment, but he didn't care.’
    • ‘The boy poured rice into the pan, splashing the scalding water onto Jamie's hand.’
    • ‘I brushed a few loose strands of hair out of my face and splashed some cold water onto my face.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Composing herself quickly, she splashed cold water on her flushed face.’
    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’
      • ‘They took turned jumping from the top of the waterfall, laughing and splashing each other like they were kids.’
      • ‘We were laughing and splashing each other as Ben came out with someone behind him.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They had found an open spot on the beach, and were splashing each other, while Pat taped.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Jeremy and Tara were about 20 feet out, splashing each other.’
      • ‘Then they start to roll the log, spraying and splashing each other, performing all sorts of acrobatics while turning the piece of wood.’
      • ‘They started splashing each other as Sunakai accidentally splashed water on Sunshe.’
      • ‘The white children are bobbing in their rings, and two of them are splashing each other.’
      • ‘They dunked and splashed each other in an oversized birdbath.’
      • ‘Together they played like children, splashing each other, catching fish to take home, building stone castles along the sandy shore.’
      • ‘No sooner than she said that, all four people were spraying and splashing each other, totally forgetting about their game of water volleyball.’
      • ‘He continued to laugh as they fought in the water, splashing each other and she laughed with him.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We goofed off in the ocean for quite awhile, dunking each other and splashing each other.’
      • ‘After swimming and splashing each other for about an hour, they were exhausted and climbed out of the pool.’
      • ‘I pass a besotted dad with his toddler splashing each other from opposites sides of the fountain.’
      • ‘I saw Tay and Jill down by the water, splashing each other and giggling in slurs which meant they were half drunk.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘As I expect, the water merely splashed onto the mirror and trickled down it.’
      • ‘I wiped my mouth with the back of my hand gingerly and turned back to Trey, watching the rain droplets splash on his face.’
      • ‘Sara barely noticed the first few drops of rain splashing on her head.’
      • ‘The waves crashed against the rocks, sending spray splashing across a pale face and closed eyes.’
      • ‘Small soft rain drops splashed against my skin.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A large drop of rain splashed on his arm, leaving a black sooty mark.’
      • ‘It was almost impossible to see out through the windscreen at times, with the wind gusting and the spray splashing up.’
      • ‘The blue liquid came splashing back up, hitting the people around her.’
      • ‘The icicles began to melt, and a few drops of frigid water splashed onto her head.’
      • ‘Liquid splashed up around her and stained her pants; the new ones her mother had bought for her the previous day.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Suddenly, as I was sprinting backwards, huge drops of rain splashed on my forehead.’
      • ‘He landed hard with a loud thump and the rain water splashed up around him.’
      • ‘The crimson liquid splashed around in the bottle, smearing against the glass.’
      • ‘I heard the splash, and the muddy water splashed up onto the sides.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Her sister Natasha, six, was splashing about in shallow water unaffected by the current.’
      • ‘Tenchiki cupped his hands into a puddle of water and splashed into her, hoping it'd get her face.’
      • ‘The floor around us was covered with several inches of water that splashed under the truck's wheels.’
      • ‘Others splashed happily in the water, swimming and having fun.’
      • ‘He sliced the water without splashing around and moved through it athletically.’
      • ‘It is a pleasure to see the ducks, geese and water hens merrily splashing around in the lake.’
      • ‘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’.’
      • ‘Suddenly one of the crocodiles moved forward and splashed into the water.’
      • ‘I used to sit on the beach watching their every move while they splashed about in the water.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Young children ran around the mucky puddles and splashed in the water, enjoying Saturday fun with their friends.’
      • ‘As he tried to put his other foot close to it, his body splashed into the water.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Here, you'll pass old men and boys fishing from the rocks, people running with their dogs, and seagulls splashing in the water.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At the Spree, General Rybalko led his tanks splashing into the water, without waiting for bridging gear.’
      paddle, wade, slosh
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    4. 1.4be splashed with Be decorated with scattered patches of.
      ‘a field splashed with purple clover’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They were splashed with green, blue, orange, yellow, red, and purple all over, as well as my ceiling.’
      • ‘The wall was splashed with mega-sized posters welcoming ‘Amma’ to Andipatti.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘Inside her one-bedroom apartment at Indiana University, however, the walls were splashed with vibrantly colored pictures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses.’
      • ‘I can only make out a shadow since everything is dark, and the room is splashed with alternating flickering colors.’
      • ‘Johnny had blue and green on his right cheek and his chin was splashed with purple.’
      • ‘The sun was beginning to set, the sky was splashed with purples and pinks.’
      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.’
    • ‘Within hours, the picture was splashed across newspapers and Web sites around the world.’
    • ‘The Premiership is huge in South Korea and is splashed across the newspapers every day.’
    • ‘When Coleman's picture was splashed across every newspaper in the country the next day, the calls began to flood in.’
    • ‘Even if things were otherwise, what would be the public interest defence for the tabloids splashing the story?’
    • ‘It's in the unapologetic headlines splashed across magazines and newspapers.’
    • ‘Those pictures were splashed across the front page of the newspaper that I then edited.’
    • ‘Newspapers splashed graphic photos of the carnage across the front pages of yesterday's editions.’
    • ‘His case was splashed across the front page of a Montreal tabloid newspaper on Friday.’
    • ‘Pictures of an intolerably alluring British woman with a fabulous body were splashed across newspapers around Britain and the world.’
    • ‘Serena, in particular, was patently overweight and pictures of her larger-than-life figure were splashed across every newspaper in the land.’
    • ‘Magazines and newspapers once splashed their pages with her photographs; all have made her famous.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His trips to farms and factories and calls on average folk were splashed across state newspapers and television.’
    • ‘In the build-up to war, Mr Beattie found his photograph splashed across the front page of a national tabloid newspaper.’
    • ‘Finally, these polling numbers were taken when sensationalistic front pages were splashed on every newspaper across the country.’
    • ‘However, once the story was splashed across the Sun, the authorities had to respond or face media accusations of complacency.’
    • ‘Ferguson was splashed across the newspapers, just as Miller had been.’
    blazon, display, spread, plaster, trumpet, publicize, broadcast, headline
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Phrases

  • make a splash

    • informal Attract a great deal of attention.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The controversy over fish eating is making a splash.’
      • ‘Since then, she's been a prolific choreographer, making a splash with Buoy at the Festival International de Nouvelle Danse in 1995.’
      • ‘With communicator Mercury stirring up your need to make a splash, you could emulate these ladies and attract lots of publicity with your words.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Our article has certainly made a splash, generating a great deal of criticism in the blog world.’
      • ‘And they come to Hyderabad after making a splash in the US.’
      cause a sensation, cause a stir, attract attention, draw attention to itself, draw attention to oneself, get noticed, make an impression, make an impact, cut a dash
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Phrasal Verbs

  • splash down

    • (of a spacecraft) land on water.

      ‘Apollo 12 splashed down safely in the Pacific’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘On March 8, one of the missiles splashed down in waters about 60 kilometers north of Yonaguni, Japan's westernmost island.’
      • ‘The pair then re-entered the Eagle, reuniting with Collins and the Columbia module before returning home by splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.’
      • ‘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 the return trip, Verne's astronauts splash down in the ocean close to the place where the Apollo 11 crew actually did.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was the basic shape, build like a large boat and able to splash down in water whenever it wished to dock on planet.’
      • ‘Russia's foreign ministry said on Friday the station would splash down away from major sea and air routes.’
      • ‘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.’
  • splash out

    • Spend money freely.

      ‘she splashed out on a Mercedes’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So for his next book they decided to splash out some money, with displays in Waterstone's windows and stuff like that.’
      • ‘However, time off is much more fun when you have the money to splash out and live it up.’
      • ‘Rich retired people have taken to splashing out on themselves rather than putting their money away for their children, according to a new report.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Those women who had the money were splashing out on the ‘New Look’ for the big day.’
      • ‘I feel at the end of the season Chelsea are going to splash out a lot of money on some good players.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Williams should wait before splashing out as the money could yet be shared.’
      • ‘After splashing out the money to begin with, you could save up to £45 a year for each item, says Jennifer.’
      • ‘While less will be spent on gifts, more will be splashed out on on food, drink and decorations.’
      • ‘I've told him before to splash out some of his money for a pair of specs but will he listen?’
      • ‘Money can't buy happiness unless you splash out on a Mercedes.’
      • ‘And she believes the £2,000 she splashed out is money well spent.’
      be extravagant, go on a spending spree, splurge, spare no expense, spend lavishly, spend a lot of money
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

splash

/splaʃ/