collision course


Definition of 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 The world’s largest iceberg is on a collision course with South Georgia in the Atlantic Ocean, with the potential to cause significant damage, according to reports. Peter Aitken, Fox News, "Scientists worry 1,620-square-mile iceberg could devastate wildlife on South Georgia Island," 10 Dec. 2020 All of which puts the Trump administration’s position on internet immunity on a collision course with another powerful political actor: the Trump administration. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "On Section 230, It's Trump vs. Trump," 3 Dec. 2020 That could put the bloc’s executive arm on collision course with the European Parliament and member states anxious to protect their rights to approve any accord. Ian Wishart,, "EU Warns U.K. Hasn’t Compromised Enough for Brexit Deal," 20 Nov. 2020 Xi used a speech last week to call for countries to strengthen cooperation and avoid conflict, even as his policies set China on a collision course with the U.S., "Kissinger Warns Biden of U.S.-China Catastrophe on Scale of WWI," 16 Nov. 2020 Scientists at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory are developing computer simulations of various scenarios to better prepare us if an asteroid is on a collision course with Earth, and to aid in planning mitigation or avoidance. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Arts & Culture Newsletter: Women’s Film Festival San Diego returns," 12 Nov. 2020 That potentially puts securities firms on collision course with regulators. Marion Halftermeyer,, "Bonuses, Dividends Pit Europe Banks Against Economic Wardens," 3 Nov. 2020 Today: Big Ten appears on a collision course with COVID-19. oregonlive, "Remembering when Mike Jorgensen beat out Chris Miller to be Oregon’s quarterback: Issues & Answers," 23 Oct. 2020 The Gators are for real, and on a collision course with Georgia for SEC East supremacy. John Talty |, al, "’s 2020 SEC power rankings," 6 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of collision course

1944, in the meaning defined above

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17 Dec 2020

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“Collision course.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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