One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Going in a direction that will lead to a collision with another moving object or person.
- ‘Future discoveries and space missions would provide information about how to deflect an asteroid on collision course with Earth.’
- ‘Both drivers realised they were on collision course and applied their emergency brakes, halting the vehicles around two tram lengths apart.’
- ‘It indicates no distinction between the colours of normal flights and flights on collision course.’
- ‘The vote again sets the Lords on collision course with the Commons in the long-fought battle over hunting.’
- ‘At Manchester Airport in February a MyTravel Airways plane and a Ryanair aircraft were on collision course before take-off and disaster was averted only by the fast reactions of one of the pilots.’
- ‘‘Both parties are locked on collision course and it could take someone like Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to sort it all out,’ he warned.’
- ‘Last night's 190-vote majority in favour of hunting put MPs on collision course with peers, who last year blocked an earlier effort to outlaw blood sports.’
- ‘This move by Falkirk could put the SPL on collision course with the SFA, leading to the long-predicted battle for the control of Scottish football.’
- ‘They have studiously avoided playing each other and, on the rare occasions when they have found themselves on collision course, they have side-stepped the issue, claiming injury.’
- ‘Unions and management at Aer Lingus are on collision course over a controversial redundancy package that amounts to little more than the legal minimum payout.’
- 1.1 Adopting an approach that is certain to lead to conflict with another person or group.‘the strikers are on a collision course with the government’
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