From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishclashclash1 /klæʃ/ ●●○ verb1[intransitive]FIGHT if two armies, groups etc clash, they start fighting – used in news reportsTroops clashed near the border.clash withPolice have clashed with demonstrators again today.2[intransitive] if two people or groups clash, they argue because they have very different beliefs and opinions – used in news reportsclash withDemocrats clashed with Republicans in a heated debate.clash over/onThe two men have clashed over the report’s conclusions.3[intransitive]SUIT/LOOK GOOD TOGETHER if two colours or designs clash, they look very bad togetherclash withI can’t wear red – it clashes with my hair.4[intransitive]TIME/AT THE SAME TIME especially British English if two events clash, they happen at the same time in a way that is inconvenientSYN conflict American Englishclash withThe announcement has been delayed to avoid clashing with the prime minister’s speech.5[intransitive, transitive]SOUND if two pieces of metal clash, or if you clash them, they make a loudringing soundThe cymbals clashed.→ See Verb table
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clash• We can go to both classes if they don't clash.• Choosebrightcolors, but make sure they don't clash.• Animal rights activists and fox-hunters clashed at the annualBoxing Day hunt.• I've a worrying feeling that the Medau Annual Reunion may clash - I do hope it doesn't.• Iranian and Iraqi troopsclashed on the border.• The two have often clashed on these and other issues.• France and Britain are likely to clash over the proposedspaceprogramme.• That scarfclashes terribly with her greencoat.• The colors clash, the furniture is ugly, and nobody is happy about this.• And though they regularly clashed, they were undoubtedly in love.• We've rescheduled the next meeting -- it clashed with a conference that most of us will be attending.• Police clashed with demonstrators for the second time in a week.• US planesclashed with enemyfighteraircraft again today.• PremierJohnMajor could clash with him on five big issues.• I can't wear red - it clashes with my hair.• Democrats clashed with Republicans last night in a heateddebate about unemployment.• The couple have clashed with the Archbishop of York over their wish.• "Are you watching Family Fortunestonight?" "No, it clashes with the Tina Turnerinterview on Channel 3."clash with• More than 3000 demonstrators clashed with police on Sunday.• Humphrey has often clashed withRepublicanleaders over tax cuts.• Ten soldiers were wounded in a clash with the rebels.• No, the red tie will clash with your shirt.clash over/on• Politics, page 6 Chiefmedicalofficerdisputes government statementSugar report sparksclash onhealthrisk.• Yet throughout this period the Bund contained two tendencies which clashed on major issues but had the means to promote their perspectives.• The professional versus administrator clash is a second structurally inducedclash over power.• Protestors welcomed the official objection although some were concerned that different government departments had clashed over the matter.• There would be clashes on the periphery but none between the major powers.• The two have often clashed on these and other issues.• An amateurphotographer on the shorecaptured last week's clash onvideotape and its revelations arousedoutrage.clashclash2 ●●○ noun [countable]1WARFIGHTa short fight between two armies or groups – used in news reportsarmed clashes along the borderclash between/withviolent clashes between police and demonstrators2ARGUEan argument between two people or groups because they have very different beliefs or opinions – used in news reportsclash between/withThe plans put oil companies in a head-on clash with environmentalists.personality/culture clash (=a situation in which two people or groups do not like each other)3a sportsmatch between two teams, players etc that is expected to be very exciting – used in sports reportsThe heavyweight clash goes ahead in Las Vegas on 8 May.4TIME/FREE TIMEa situation in which two events happen at the same time in a way that is inconvenienta scheduling clash on TV5SOUNDa loud sound made by two metal objects hitting each otherthe clash of swords6SUIT/LOOK GOOD TOGETHERa combination of two colours, designs etc that look bad togethera colour clashCOLLOCATIONSadjectivesa violent clashFour people were killed during violent clashes with the army.a fierce/bitter clash (=involving violence and strong feelings)Fierce clashes swept across Bosnia and Croatia.a serious clashThis was one of the most serious clashes since the two countries agreed to a ceasefire.a minor clashMinor clashes were reported to have taken place between police and students.an armed clash (=involving the use of weapons)The violence could soon become armed clashes and even a war.an ethnic clash (=between people of different races)20 people died in ethnic clashes before Christmas.verbslead to a clashThe anti-war protests led to violent clashes between police and demonstrators.a clash occursA number of clashes occurred throughout the south between these opposing groups.a clash breaks outArmed clashes broke out on Tuesday between the military and the rebels.a clash takes placeFierce clashes took place with local police.be killed/injured in a clashEight people were killed in clashes between the army and police.
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clash• Problems arise where there is a clash of cultures.• In the last two months, there have been numerous border clashes.• border clashes between India and Pakistan• The two co-exist as memories of their cultures, with a healthyclash where the two collide in the entrancefoyer.• Minorclashes were reported to have taken place between police and students at Lima's San Marcos University.• Combs said he did not see a man throwing money at him, an incident that the prosecution says sparked the clash.• The clashes came as farmersblockaded roads.• No one should be too surprised at these clashes.• More than 75 people died and hundreds were wounded in those clashes.• And with Leonard ruled out of that Wembley clash, Hynes could claim his place today.• There were clashes last night between local residents and young people attending the rockfestival.clash between/with• Mr Kasyanov seems now to be playing for time, hoping to get through January without ferociousclashes withcreditors.• Later Harris clashed with the abrasive Fearnley Whittingstall as to whether the actor's hair had been dyed or not.• A sheep that is attacked will spin round to make sure that the attacker's hornsclash with his own.• He also began to believe that clashes between the two most important oppositionfigures would sap their strength.• The tie of next Saturday's second round will be the clash between Bangor and holders Malone.• On May 8 Chamlong led another large rally at DemocracyMonument, where some demonstrators came close to clashing withriot police.• Today, the Ulstermen clash with holders Munster for the title after the southerners nosed past Leinster by 7-6.clash between/with• Mr Kasyanov seems now to be playing for time, hoping to get through January without ferocious clashes with creditors.• Later Harris clashed with the abrasive Fearnley Whittingstall as to whether the actor's hair had been dyed or not.• A sheep that is attacked will spin round to make sure that the attacker's horns clash with his own.• He also began to believe that clashes between the two most important opposition figures would sap their strength.• The tie of next Saturday's second round will be the clash between Bangor and holders Malone.• On May 8 Chamlong led another large rally at Democracy Monument, where some demonstrators came close to clashing with riot police.• Today, the Ulstermen clash with holders Munster for the title after the southerners nosed past Leinster by 7-6.Clash, TheThe ClashClash, Thea Britishpunkband which started performing in 1976. Their albums include The Clash and London Calling. Their success continued even when punk was no longer fashionable.Originclash1(1500-1600) From the sound of sharp blows