Definition of clash in US English:

clash

noun

  • 1A violent confrontation.

    ‘there have been minor clashes with security forces’
    • ‘A naval journal from 1853-1854 reveals clashes with pirates in the Far East at the height of British imperial power.’
    • ‘The union said the farmers arrested on Monday went to help a besieged neighbour, leading to violent clashes with militants occupying his land.’
    • ‘Antigovernment demonstrations and violent clashes with the security forces marked the months that followed.’
    • ‘Two protesters were killed in recent clashes with police and a police chief was photographed shooting one man in cold blood.’
    • ‘The protests turned into violent clashes with police.’
    • ‘Last week a march organised by the National Union of Students ended in violent clashes with the police.’
    • ‘Violent protests and clashes with armed riot police have continued every night since and have spread to other working class suburbs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And several were injured in clashes with the security forces.’
    • ‘Violence, property damage, and clashes with police became expected features of the anti-globalization movement.’
    • ‘Six persons including an 8 year old boy were injured in different road mishaps and three others were wounded in separate clashes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Riot police were involved last night in violent clashes with hundreds of youths in Leeds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Violent clashes with police erupted after demonstrators attempted to storm into the concert.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ammu, did you really have many clashes with father?’
      • ‘For far too long now, election campaigns in this country have been devoid of issues and dominated by petty issues and personality clashes.’
      • ‘I very much hope that a clash of civilisations can be avoided - there's nothing inevitable about it.’
      • ‘The company, however, put the conflict down to a personality clash between the parties.’
      • ‘The convoy itself encountered numerous difficulties; mechanical and logistical problems were compounded by stormy clashes of personality.’
      • ‘Lack of money seems a thin excuse, and his departure is more likely to have been the result of a clash of personalities.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And on Friday there's going to be a clash of these two different ideals.’
      • ‘His dissenting judgments brought many clashes with the House of Lords.’
      • ‘It is expected that a healthy flow of ideas and suggestions, and not a clash of personalities shall prevail.’
      • ‘He puts it down to a simple clash of personalities.’
      • ‘The Executive is facing some major divisions - not only with ideology, but with personality clashes.’
      • ‘Generational clashes over clothing are nothing new.’
      • ‘What could have been a mutually beneficial working relationship was marred by the clash of their personalities.’
      • ‘Have you noticed recent personality clashes, suddenly overly-friendly colleagues, or small huddled groups round water coolers who stop talking as you approach?’
      • ‘‘There was a clash of personalities and things took a turn for the worse,’ he said.’
      • ‘And indeed, for the first few days the clash of personalities and cultures can be terrifying.’
      • ‘In every party, personality clashes occur all the time, but they don't normally emerge to the light of public day.’
      argument, altercation, confrontation, angry exchange, shouting match, war of words, battle royal, passage of arms
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  • 2A mismatch of colors.

    ‘a clash of tweeds and a striped shirt’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He spilled a can of green paint across terracotta tiles - what a horrendous clash of colours.’
    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 clash of dates, meanwhile, is unfortunate, though it hardly constitutes a disaster.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The clash of events is causing concern in G.A.A. circles as the concert may reduce the attendance at the game in Castlebar.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘It was cancelled at the last minute last year to avoid a clash with another cycling event.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Because the site was so fully booked, the date could not be shifted to avoid a clash with the Boston event.’
      • ‘He will be forced to miss the Tour of Flanders due to a date clash with the Southampton Boat Show,’
      • ‘And when the tour was confirmed, the clash of dates with the SAF Games became inevitable.’
      • ‘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.’
      coincidence, concurrence, co-occurrence
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  • 3A loud jarring sound made by or resembling that made by 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Metal hit metal, the clashes resounding again through the wide plains.’
    • ‘The clang was followed by more loud clashes from someone dropping something.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The clash of metal on metal reverberated through the alley.’
    • ‘I would have replied, but I could hear the first clash of metal, and screams from the great hall.’
    • ‘From above, muffled cries of chaos could be distinguished, among the clash of weaponry.’
    • ‘Shouts came from nearby and the clash of metal was evident.’
    • ‘I heard clashes of metal and yells and then nothing.’
    • ‘Without another thought, they spurred their horses forward as shouts erupted in the air and there was the clash of metal against metal.’
    • ‘The clash of metal echoed throughout the castle.’
    • ‘The clash of metal resonated over the desert lands.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She heard the clash of metal and quickened her pace down the trail.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Before the elf could answer, however, there was a loud roar of anger, a terrifying clash of metal, and a feminine scream.’
    • ‘A staff hit her sword with the resounding clash of wood against metal.’
    • ‘An ominous clash of thunder sounded in the near distance.’
    striking, bang, clang, crash, clatter, clank
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verb

  • 1no object Meet and come into violent conflict.

    ‘protesters demanding self-rule clashed with police’
    • ‘Several people were wounded and one killed when protesters clashed with troops on August 13.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Thousands of Chinese villagers have clashed with police after officials cut off water used for irrigating drought-plagued fields.’
    • ‘In Algeria, police have again clashed with protesters, this time to break up a demonstration.’
    • ‘Students clashed repeatedly with riot police outside the court.’
    • ‘Some clashed with policemen who were trying to prevent conflict between the two groups.’
    • ‘Violence erupted on Tuesday when militants clashed with a bandit gang and 15 people were killed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A crowd of between 300 and 400 drunken louts clashed with police officers and vandalised a tram after the match.’
    • ‘Thousands of anti-government demonstrators clashed with supporters of the president in the capital yesterday.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The violence began when police clashed with some 2,000 demonstrators who were demanding the release of six people earlier detained by police.’
    • ‘Anarchist protesters brought chaos to the city centre today as they clashed with police in a series of violent confrontations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Anti-war protesters outside the embassy have repeatedly clashed with riot police, thrown stones and ignited gas canisters and tyres.’
    • ‘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.
      ‘Clarke has frequently clashed with his colleagues’
      • ‘Earlier this year the justice minister clashed with council leaders.’
      • ‘We were no longer supposed to argue, clash, conflict, debate, dispute, oppose, or protest.’
      • ‘The senator has really clashed with Republicans on the Hill.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The two have since clashed frequently over his spending to recruit top bankers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Each works in their own way to fight the corporate media system and its government control, eventually clashing over their differing methods of protest.’
      • ‘He's a moderate Republican; he's frequently clashed with GOP leaders.’
      • ‘Wind farm champions clashed with critics at a green energy meeting in Kendal.’
      • ‘The leader of the minority Liberal Democrat party repeatedly clashed with the mayor during last month's meeting of the full council.’
      • ‘This dispute is not the first time Marie has clashed with the council.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In our country and all over the world, we have a great confusion of various ideas and people clashing with each other.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Members of the County Council have clashed over the issue of auctioneers' signs which are obliterating the countryside.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But Phillips disagreed and the two clashed over finance.’
      • ‘I've never clashed with her over anything else.’
      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’
      • ‘Communities with direct experience of the company's operations see another side of the company which clashes with the public image.’
      • ‘The absurdity of the plot clashes with the show's craving for social realism.’
      • ‘Clearly, the principle of self-determination clashes with the principle of territorial integrity and global leaders are increasingly seeing this angle to the problem.’
      • ‘This figure clashes with that of the Office of Tobacco Control, as the State agency says just under 25% of Irish people smoke.’
      • ‘This view clashes with the feelings of residents and businesses.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This rough, urban setting clashes with our preconceived notions about her adorable subject matter.’
      • ‘Eastern religion and science can proceed side-by-side without dispute or clashing with each other.’
      • ‘Tempers have flared as the newcomers' habits have clashed with local customs.’
      • ‘Doesn't it seem, though, that this clashes with their earlier demand for freedom for everyone?’
      • ‘But at some point, won't all those egos clash?’
      • ‘This position clashes with that of others.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The advice that women use barrier contraception clashed with the hospital's ethos, although the leaflet did say abstinence was acceptable.’
      • ‘One could say that these differing philosophies clashed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As soon as we find a value that looks universal, we see that it clashes with other, equally universal values.’
      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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  • 2no object (of colors) appear discordant or ugly when placed close to each other.

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

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

Early 16th century: imitative.

Pronunciation

clash

/klæʃ//klaSH/