clash

verb
\ ˈklash How to pronounce clash (audio) \
clashed; clashing; clashes

Definition of clash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make a clash cymbals clashed
2 : to come into conflict where ignorant armies clash by night— Matthew Arnold also : to be incompatible the colors clashed

transitive verb

: to cause to clash

clash

noun

Definition of clash (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a noisy usually metallic sound of collision
2a : a hostile encounter : skirmish
b : a sharp conflict a clash of opinions

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Other Words from clash

Verb

clasher noun

Examples of clash in a Sentence

Verb

Police and protesters clashed yesterday. The sofa and the chair clash. She ended the song by clashing the cymbals.

Noun

Hundreds were killed in ethnic clashes in the region last month. a clash between rival gangs that resulted in some serious injuries
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Salah suffered a shoulder injury after taking a hard fall while clashing with Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "Fans eviscerate Sergio Ramos for controversial tackle on Mohamed Salah," 26 May 2018 During the trial in February, lawyers for Waymo painted a picture of Levandowski as a problematic employee who clashed with his new boss over his slower, more cautious approach to self-driving cars. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Controversial ex-Uber engineer claims to have completed a coast-to-coast self-driving trip," 18 Dec. 2018 In Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe, Lacey Chabert portrays Darcy Fitzwilliam, a young, hardworking woman returning to her home for the holidays who clashes—and falls for—an old friend named Luke Bennett (Brendan Penny). Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Hallmark's 'Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe' Movie Was Filmed in This Canadian Town," 23 Nov. 2018 Giuliani has also lobbied the president to promote his son, Andrew, a low-level White House aide who has clashed with Kelly and others in the West Wing. chicagotribune.com, "Giuliani works for foreign clients while serving as Trump's attorney," 10 July 2018 Snyder, who has clashed with Schuette on several issues in the past, has endorsed Lt. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Snyder: Referral to FBI of complaint about AG Schuette 'a serious matter'," 9 July 2018 The calls for his firing not only from environmental activists and Democratic lawmakers who clashed with Pruitt on his aggressive de-regulatory approach but also from some prominent Republicans. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "Trump EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns as ethical scandals mount," 5 July 2018 Those keeping up with season three saw this coming: Beth's new gig as a dance teacher is clashing with Randall's city councilman duties, and their family is paying the price. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "We Need to Talk About What Happened to Beth on Last Night's This Is Us," 27 Mar. 2019 The newlyweds put in an appearance at the garden party as their royal tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga clashed with some of Prince Charles' birthday celebrations in October. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Stuns in Outtakes from Prince Charles' Birthday Portraits," 18 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The 22-year-old has downed Djokovic in their two biggest clashes, in the Rome final on clay in 2017 and in last year's year-end championship finale in London. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "French Open: Rain keeps Djokovic, Halep off court in wet Paris," 5 June 2019 Khan told The Associated Press on Tuesday that his verbal clash with Trump has to do with standing up for values traditionally associated with the United States and its Founding Fathers. Washington Post, "The Latest: Trump says he doesn’t think Markle is ‘nasty’," 5 June 2019 My favorite Carnival culture clash in Europe occurred on Carnival Vista two years ago, when several couples from Russia were aboard, on their first cruise and probably their first occasion to vacation with a large group of Americans. David G. Molyneaux, miamiherald, "Carnival, that most American of cruise lines, won't return to Europe any time soon," 5 July 2018 His shadows were Uruguay defenders Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez, who know Ronaldo quite well from their clashes between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the Spanish league. Tim Booth, chicagotribune.com, "Edinson Cavani scores twice as Uruguay ousts Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal," 30 June 2018 His shadows were Uruguay defenders Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez, who know Ronaldo quite well from their clashes between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the Spanish league. Tim Booth, BostonGlobe.com, "Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal ousted by Uruguay," 30 June 2018 But otherwise the company has spent its time ducking questions from both Congress and the media about how its core business proposition clashes with prioritizing data privacy. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Good News! The Privacy Wins Keep Coming," 27 June 2018 Waters has long been a hero to some Democrats and a villain to some Republicans - and her clashes with Trump have elevated her profile further. Author: Felicia Sonmez, Robert Costa, Anchorage Daily News, "Feud over civility in politics escalates amid Trump insults," 26 June 2018 Several people were reportedly injured in the clashes. Aijaz Hussain, The Christian Science Monitor, "India takes control of Kashmir territory," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of clash

Verb

circa 1500, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clash

Verb

imitative

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clash

verb

English Language Learners Definition of clash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to be in a situation in which you are fighting or disagreeing : to come into conflict with someone
: to look bad or ugly together
: to be very different in a way that makes being or working together difficult

clash

noun

English Language Learners Definition of clash (Entry 2 of 2)

: a short fight between groups of people
: an argument or disagreement between people
: a difference that makes it difficult for people or things to be together or work together

clash

verb
\ ˈklash How to pronounce clash (audio) \
clashed; clashing

Kids Definition of clash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make or cause to make the loud sound of metal objects hitting clashing cymbals
2 : to come into conflict Protesters clashed with the police.
3 : to not go together well Their personalities clashed. Your shirt and tie clash.

clash

noun

Kids Definition of clash (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a loud sharp sound usually of metal striking metal the clash of swords
2 : a struggle or strong disagreement It was inevitable that the clash for leadership should come.— Jack London, The Call of the Wild

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