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 So, from the start, Fusion, Steele, Russia, and Trumpworld were on a collision course. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, "The Inside Story of Christopher Steele’s Trump Dossier," 26 Nov. 2019 Here are eight storylines to follow: St. John’s Prep handled Catholic Memorial, 40-22, in the Division 1 Super Bowl last December, and the Catholic Conference powers appear to be on a collision course once again., "Will we get a D1 Super Bowl rematch?," 28 Oct. 2019 In the Southern Section, Mater Dei (7-0) and St. John Bosco (7-0) are on a collision course to meet Oct. 25 at Mater Dei. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, "There are 29 unbeaten prep football teams left in Southern California," 14 Oct. 2019 The processes of impeaching a president and electing one are on a collision course. Chris Wilson, Time, "How Long Could the Trump Impeachment Process Last? Use Our Interactive Timeline to Find Out," 1 Oct. 2019 The problem, Murton notes, is that what his team learned on the Tropic Seamount puts mining and conservation on a collision course. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "Mountains hidden in the deep sea are biological hot spots. Will mining ruin them?," 12 Sep. 2019 The administration is also considering a plan to revoke California’s legal authority to enforce stricter greenhouse gas emissions rules within its state borders, putting the two sides on a collision course. New York Times, "Justice Dept. Investigates California Emissions Pact That Embarrassed Trump," 6 Sep. 2019 Frederick’s solicitude for Agatha puts him on a collision course with his dad. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "Bravo for reviving the play that scandalized Jane Austen’s world," 11 Nov. 2019 The insouciance of regional governments, especially Brazil’s, puts them on a collision course with the church. The Economist, "Power in the Catholic church is shifting south and exposing divisions," 24 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of collision course

1944, in the meaning defined above

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2 Dec 2019

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“Collision course.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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