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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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 Trump has approved a plan to impose punishing tariffs on tens of billions of dollars of Chinese goods as early as Friday, a move that could put his trade policies on a collision course with his push to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons. Ken Thomas And Paul Wiseman, chicagotribune.com, "U.S. announces tariffs on $50B in China imports," 15 June 2018 There, Uber is set on a fresh collision course with an old friend, Didi. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Uber Strips Down Its App to Ramp Up in Developing Countries," 12 June 2018 But by ignoring most of the governor’s pitch for how impeachment should proceed, the legislative and executive branches appear to be on a collision course that will likely end up in a courtroom. Jason Hancock, kansascity, "Missouri lawmakers have a plan for special session. It mostly ignores Greitens’ ideas | The Kansas City Star," 22 May 2018 Israel and Iran have been on a collision course in Syria, as Israel has vowed not to let Iran build a presence and escalated attacks against Iranian targets across the border. Anchorage Daily News, "Israel launches military strike against Iranian targets in Syria," 10 May 2018 Israel and Iran have been on a collision course in Syria, as Israel has vowed not to let Iran build a presence and escalated attacks against Iranian targets across the border. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Israel launches massive military strike against Iranian targets in Syria," 10 May 2018 In a sense, this has put the U.S. and North Korea on a collision course for years. CBS News, "Trump makes misleading claims about Crimea, FBI, North Korea," 15 June 2018

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1944, in the meaning defined above

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