Definition of gatecrash in US English:



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

    ‘the photographer gatecrashed the 2000 wedding in New York’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ejected from the bar late at night, I find myself gatecrashing a 21st birthday party.’
    • ‘I got the distinct impression that I was pretty much gatecrashing my own birthday 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.’
    • ‘You can gatecrash other actors' parties over here, which you'd never do in London.’
    • ‘He must also demonstrate the merger is more beneficial than succumbing to someone trying to gatecrash the 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.’
    • ‘Somewhere in the bleary early hours of last Friday morning, a bunch of jubilant strangers gatecrashed the victory party of Labour's newest MP.’
    • ‘Put all this together and the surprise is not that India is gatecrashing the elite superpower league, but that it has not happened earlier.’
    • ‘The angelic party gatecrashed their night watch and the angels invited them to join the revelry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘According to the introductory spiel, this 2002 gig was a private party gatecrashed by a few thousand fans.’
    • ‘When teams from outside the elite gatecrash the party the favoured clubs pick apart their squads to ensure no repetition.’
    • ‘I was lucky - I gatecrashed some auditions that an agency was holding and got on their books.’
    • ‘In the evening they gatecrashed the wedding party and again beat up several guests.’
    • ‘‘No problem’ I said, ‘I've got a few things to do, then maybe I could gatecrash your party later on?’’
    • ‘Detectives also now believe the men had first attended an earlier party nearby and intended to gatecrash the function in the scout hut.’
    intrusion, intervention, intercession, involvement, impinging, encroaching, trespass, trespassing, obtrusion
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