- 1A violent confrontation: there have been minor clashes with security forcesMore example sentences
- Over the past couple of months hundreds of thousands of protestors have dominated the country's capital, resulting in a series of violent clashes with police and brutal arrests.
- Fifteen pro-hunting demonstrators were being held in custody today following yesterday's violent clashes with police outside Parliament, police said.
- Four men have been arrested following violent clashes with police in a disturbance in Huddersfield during which a council building was damaged by a blazing car.
- 1.1An incompatibility leading to disagreement: a personality clashMore example sentences
- And indeed, for the first few days the clash of personalities and cultures can be terrifying.
- Have you noticed recent personality clashes, suddenly overly-friendly colleagues, or small huddled groups round water coolers who stop talking as you approach?
- The convoy itself encountered numerous difficulties; mechanical and logistical problems were compounded by stormy clashes of personality.
- 2A mismatch of colors: a clash of tweeds and a striped shirtMore example sentences
- Gone are the stylish wedding planners who once plucked out the excess baby's breath and saved you from unforeseen colour clashes.
- In France people need permission to paint buildings a particular colour in an effort to avoid a clash of colour in a street.
- He spilled a can of green paint across terracotta tiles - what a horrendous clash of colours.
- 2.1An inconvenient coincidence of the timing of events or activities: it is hoped that clashes of dates will be avoidedMore example sentences
- Because the site was so fully booked, the date could not be shifted to avoid a clash with the Boston event.
- He said the club had considered the York City Knights when planning the event to avoid a clash with the rugby league club's big home game with Keighley.
- The Olympic champion could well have won four titles if she had not chosen to drop out of the 100 butterfly to avoid a clash of events.
- 3A loud jarring sound made by or resembling that made by metal objects being struck together: a clash of cymbalsMore example sentences
- I was just starting to get back to normal when there was a loud clash of cymbals next door followed by the ‘Pom, Pom, Pom, Pom’ of a large lass playing the tuba.
- Before the elf could answer, however, there was a loud roar of anger, a terrifying clash of metal, and a feminine scream.
- The clash of metal echoed throughout the castle.
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- 1 [no object] Meet and come into violent conflict: protesters demanding self-rule clashed with policeMore example sentences
- A demonstration turned violent when police clashed with protesters after the rally had all but dispersed.
- The violence began when police clashed with some 2,000 demonstrators who were demanding the release of six people earlier detained by police.
- The annual May Day demonstrations got off to a violent start overnight when police clashed with protestors in Berlin and the northern city of Hamburg.
- 1.1Have a forceful disagreement: Clarke has frequently clashed with his colleaguesMore example sentences
- This dispute is not the first time Marie has clashed with the council.
- But Phillips disagreed and the two clashed over finance.
- Each works in their own way to fight the corporate media system and its government control, eventually clashing over their differing methods of protest.
- 1.2Be incompatible or at odds: his thriftiness clashed with Ross’s largesseMore example sentences
- The advice that women use barrier contraception clashed with the hospital's ethos, although the leaflet did say abstinence was acceptable.
- However, his older brother, Anthony, has his own ideas about how to spend the money and their polar opposite fiscal philosphies eventually clash.
- Tempers have flared as the newcomers' habits have clashed with local customs.
- 2 [no object] (Of colors) appear discordant or ugly when placed close to each other: (as adjective clashing) suits in clashing colorsMore example sentences
be incompatible, not match, not go, be discordant
- The explosions blossomed in the night sky, the colors continuing to clash against each other.
- She used to love being outdoors, and she used to always wear bright, if sometimes clashing, colours.
- The floor under Cecil's feet was tiled, colours merging and clashing in a dazzling display.
- 2.1Inconveniently occur at the same time: the date of the wedding clashes with Sean’s graduationMore example sentences
- The gig clashes with the England-France match.
- Broadcasters have already warned that fair coverage of a referendum would be impossible if it clashes with the May elections, and some ministers fear it could lead to a legal challenge in the courts.
- Organisers of a popular fireworks display which clashes with England's crucial football game in Turkey this Saturday are hoping the big match action does not deter the crowds.
- 3 [with object] Strike (cymbals) together, producing a loud discordant sound.More example sentences
bang, strike, clang, crash
- The sound of there swords clashing together seemed to echo.
- The sound of metal clashing together alerted the group and the knights ran to her aid along with everybody else.
- Their weapons clashed as they met in the middle of the room.
early 16th century: imitative.