collision course

noun

Definition of collision course

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

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This could also put Trump on a collision course with his own administration, Narang told me. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The 7 biggest foreign news stories to watch in 2019, from Brexit to North Korea," 24 Dec. 2018 The allegations set the #MeToo movement on a collision course with the battle over the direction of the high court, creating a new level of acrimony in the confirmation process. WSJ, "Immigration, Mueller Probe Boosted U.S. Tensions This Year," 18 Dec. 2018 The second reason is the most troublesome: Washington and Moscow may be on a collision course. Alex Ward, Vox, "This is exactly how a nuclear war would kill you," 19 Oct. 2018 At the time of the March crash, Uber had reportedly disabled this software, relying on the human driver to brake if the car was on a collision course. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Uber’s self-driving cars are returning to public streets—in manual mode," 24 July 2018 Despite her entreaties, the government appeared to be on a collision course with an increasingly assertive Parliament. Raf Casert, The Seattle Times, "UK Parliament delivers rebuke to government over Brexit," 4 Dec. 2018 With Hurricane Irene on a collision course with NYC, Oh Joy's movie night suggestions seem like the perfect way to get together with friends and ride out the storm. Caylin Harris, Good Housekeeping, "Blogs We Love This Week," 26 Aug. 2011 The Mount Adams teacher hoping to become the first American to row solo and unassisted across the North Atlantic is on a collision course with the remnants of Hurricane Chris. Jeanne Houck, Cincinnati.com, "Mount Adams teacher rowing to England facing 'gorilla' of an ocean storm," 13 July 2018 The Vols seemed to be on a collision course with either UCLA or Kansas State, but the events of Dec. 5 provided a preview for the kind of late-season theatrics the BCS would produce. Andy Staples, SI.com, "The Chaos and Consequences of the BCS, 20 Years After Its Inaugural Season," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of collision course

1944, in the meaning defined above

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