One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1informal A place to sleep, especially for a single night or in an emergency.
- ‘Some friends of ours, fearing this apocalyptic vision and with both kids packed off to university, traded in their large Victorian family home in east London for a flat in Spain and a crash pad in Islington.’
- ‘Meant to be just a crash pad, the capsule hotels are about the size of a coffin.’
- ‘The cramped units with rollout beds and sleep-in porches had served as crash pads for generations of beachcombers and laborers looking for a cheap place to lay their heads.’
- ‘If there is a safe crash pad anywhere in the vicinity which you can offer her, it's got to be better than where she's spending her time now.’
- ‘The couple, who live at Drews Park Village, wanted to buy a property in France and a crash pad near to Heathrow Airport in London where they both work for an airline.’
- ‘One weekend, she corralled five friends into the Ludlow Street crash pad rented by musicians John Cale and Tony Conrad and instigated a night of playful debauchery.’
- ‘Even without the need to keep on the lookout for the neighbors as I made a mad dash to a waiting taxi, the boardinghouse had become nothing more than a crash pad.’
- ‘It stood for about a decade, a favorite crash pad for travelers and homeless folk.’
2A thick piece of shock-absorbing material for the protection of the occupants of an aircraft cockpit or motor vehicle.
- ‘The crash pad basically and simply lessens the shock factor when you fall.’
- ‘First off, your crash pad is not full protection.’
- ‘If you're afraid of hurting yourself if you fall, then I suggest buying some crash pads to protect yourself from the pain of falling.’
- ‘You'll need to rent a crash pad (a foldable pad that acts as a soft landing zone) and sticky-rubber climbing shoes.’
crash pad/ˈkraSH ˈˌpad/
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