on a collision course

idiom

: moving so as to crash into each other if one or the other does not change direction
The two airplanes were on a collision course.
often + with
The comet was on a collision course with the planet.
often used figuratively
The government's policies are putting us on a collision course with economic disaster.

Examples of on a collision course in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In many respects, Iran and Israel have been on a collision course for nearly half a century. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, 16 Apr. 2024 Israel and Iran have been on a collision course throughout Israel’s six-month war against Hamas militants in Gaza. Tia Goldenberg, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Apr. 2024 Israel and Iran have been on a collision course throughout Israel’s six-month war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. Josef Federman and Jon Gambrell, Quartz, 13 Apr. 2024 With the Clippers at No. 4 and New Orleans at No. 5, the teams are on a collision course to meet in the playoffs. Broderick Turner, Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2024 The pair set out to learn more about their late father, a quest which sets them on a collision course with Monarch. Clark Collis, EW.com, 3 Nov. 2023 But a revolt among moderates and GOP lawmakers in at-risk seats put that sect of the party on a collision course with the conservative ideologues. Philip Elliott, TIME, 2 Apr. 2024 This has put them on a collision course with the provincial governments which had already sounded the alarm during the congressional battle over the omnibus bill. Agustino Fontevecchia, Forbes, 30 Mar. 2024 No, there is no indication that Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks is on a collision course with Earth. The Arizona Republic, 27 Mar. 2024

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“On a collision course.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20a%20collision%20course. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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