Definition of clash noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    clash

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    noun
    BrE BrE//klæʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//klæʃ//
     
    Conflict
     
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  1. 1clash (with somebody) | clash (between A and B) a short fight between two groups of people Clashes broke out between police and demonstrators. Eight people were wounded in a clash with border guards. Synonymsfightclash brawl struggle scuffleThese are all words for a situation in which people try to defeat each other using physical force.fight a situation in which two or more people try to defeat each other using physical force:He got into a fight with a man in the bar.clash (journalism) a short fight between two groups of people:Clashes broke out between police and demonstrators.brawl a noisy and violent fight involving a group of people, usually in a public place:a drunken brawl in a barstruggle a fight between two people or groups of people, especially when one of them is trying to escape, or to get something from the other:There were no signs of a struggle at the murder scene.scuffle a short and not very violent fight or struggle:He was involved in a scuffle with a photographer.Patterns a fight/​clash/​brawl/​struggle/​scuffle over something in a fight/​brawl/​struggle/​scuffle a violent fight/​clash/​struggle to be in/​get into/​be involved in a fight/​clash/​brawl/​scuffle a fight/​clash/​brawl/​scuffle breaks out See related entries: Conflict
  2. argument
  3. 2clash (with somebody) (over something) | clash (between A and B) (over something) an argument between two people or groups of people who have different beliefs and ideas synonym conflict a head-on clash between the two leaders over education policy
  4. difference
  5. 3the difference that exists between two things that are opposed to each other synonym conflict a clash of interests/opinions/cultures a personality clash with the boss
  6. of two events
  7. 4a situation in which two events happen at the same time so that you cannot go to or see them both a clash in the timetable/schedule
  8. of colours
  9. 5the situation when two colours, designs, etc. look ugly when they are put together
  10. loud noise
  11. 6a loud noise made by two metal objects being hit together a clash of cymbals/swords
  12. in sport
  13. 7(used in newspapers, about sports) an occasion when two teams or players compete against each other Bayern’s clash with Roma in the Champions League.
  14. Word Origin early 16th cent.: imitative.Extra examples Differences in the aims of the two unions have led to serious clashes over policy. Several people were injured in violent clashes with the police. The leaders are preparing for a head-on clash at the summit. a clash of opinions Eight people were wounded in a clash with border guards. Personality clashes led to the break-up of the band. Simply put, the conflict comes down to a clash of cultures. There has been a head-on clash between the two candidates over education policy.
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