collision course


: a course (as of moving bodies or antithetical philosophies) that will result in collision or conflict if continued unaltered

Examples of collision course in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s where the collision course of Fain and Musk comes in (each of their reps didn’t respond to Fortune’s request for comment). Chloe Berger, Fortune, 8 Dec. 2023 But 2024 is already shaping up to be quite the collision course. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, 6 Mar. 2024 But another crucial piece of information needed to understand how to deflect asteroids that may be on a potential collision course with Earth in the future is the composition of space rocks. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 27 Feb. 2024 As Safiya’s voice grows, lyrically and poetically, a collision course is set between them. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 7 Feb. 2024 Bottom line: If Republicans are going to stop Trump — and this potential collision course between the primary calendar and the legal calendar — it’s got to be in Iowa. Chuck Todd, NBC News, 29 Aug. 2023 Another positive outcome from Sunday: Hendricks County rivals Danville (18-3) and Tri-West (11-9) were set on a Saturday night collision course in Sectional 25. Brian Haenchen, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Jan. 2024 Concerns over potential violence followed the convoy of trucks, campers, cars and vans to the rally as the federal government and Republican state leaders appeared to be on an increasingly imminent collision course. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports,, 5 Feb. 2024 Past years’ gun bills increasingly have been set on a collision course with a courtroom. Seth Klamann, The Mercury News, 4 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of collision course was in 1944

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“Collision course.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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