\ 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



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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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 In 2016, the division closed an inquiry into allegations of improper spending during a failed effort to recall Boyd Britton, a Grant County commissioner who clashed with Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer. oregonlive, "Case Closed: In Oregon campaign investigations, ‘I did not’ is all it takes," 17 Sep. 2019 The President, who clashes with California politicians on a number of issues, has made frequent reference to the state's failure to solve the problem. Dan Simon, CNN, "He was a Yale graduate, Wall Street banker and entrepreneur. Today he's homeless in Los Angeles," 17 Sep. 2019 Khan was attempting to calm down angry youths who this month clashed with police in Pakistan-held Kashmir upon being stopped from marching toward the frontier, where Pakistani and Indian troops are in close quarters. Washington Post, "Pakistani PM to raise Kashmir issue at UN General Assembly," 14 Sep. 2019 Complication: Phillies general manager Matt Klentak was the assistant in Anaheim to GM Jerry Dipoto, who famously clashed with Scioscia. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, "Inside MLB: Who’s hot and who’s not this week," 7 Sep. 2019 Earlier this week Sinnott refused requests from prosecutors in Rollins’s office to drop charges against several protesters who clashed with police at the Straight Pride march. Shelley Murphy,, "Judge at center of Straight Pride drama viewed as tough jurist with a well-known name," 5 Sep. 2019 An important proponent of Pompeo was Jared Kushner, who repeatedly clashed with Tillerson after Trump assigned his son-in-law an expansive portfolio that included everything from China to Mexico to Mideast peace. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of Trump," 19 Aug. 2019 As one of Pascal’s only YA books that wasn’t part of a series, The Ruling Class — about a teenager named Twyla who clashes with a nasty clique of girls at her new high school — was overshadowed by a similarly themed pop culture phenomenon. Kristen Baldwin,, "Sweet Valley High," 16 Aug. 2019 There was also potential for home state drama with two Texans in the race. O’Rourke and former Obama housing secretary Castro clashed in an earlier debate over immigration. oregonlive, "Who won September’s Democratic presidential debate? Vote here," 13 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Officials billed it as an opportunity for journalists to see a side of Kashmir beyond the protests and clashes. Washington Post, "India seeks to portray sense of calm in locked-down Kashmir," 29 Aug. 2019 The official spokesman in Jammu and Kashmir, Rohit Kansal, has repeatedly refused to give any details about arrests and detentions, saying only that they have been made to prevent anti-India protests and clashes in the region. NBC News, "At least 2,300 detained in locked-down Indian-ruled Kashmir," 21 Aug. 2019 Just like the protests and clashes, fake news is threatening Hong Kongers' unity and safety -- and there is no end to it in sight. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Hong Kong isn't just battling on the streets: There is also a war on misinformation online," 11 Aug. 2019 On June 15th, after massive protests and clashes with the police, Mrs Lam suspended consideration of the bill. The Economist, "Protesters expose a fractured Hong Kong, but China’s grip only tightens," 5 July 2019 Similarly, Schwarzman was hopeful the United States and China could agree to a trade deal early on and avert a full-scale clash. Cristina Alesci, CNN, "Stephen Schwarzman writes in new book about his role as Trump interlocutor with China," 17 Sep. 2019 So at the time of his arrest, said he had been taken into custody in the Fortress Hill neighborhood of Hong Kong Island, where clashes became heated Sunday night., "HONG KONG — Hundreds of students marched through a Hong Kong campus Monday and broke the glass on several doors to protest the arrest of a college reporter who was taken into custody during a rally this weekend for carrying what his school’s president described as a table knife.," 17 Sep. 2019 Check out 90min's preview of Wednesday's clash below., "Atlético vs Juventus Preview: Where to Watch, Buy Tickets, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 16 Sep. 2019 The clash could have implications for their future relationship, potentially complicating the governor’s legislative agenda. Phil Willon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Newsom plans to veto bill that would have blocked Trump’s rollback of endangered species protections," 14 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of clash


circa 1500, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of clash was circa 1500

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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



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


\ 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.



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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