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noun [countable/uncountable] collision pronunciation in British English /kəˈlɪʒ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    an accident in which a person or vehicle that is moving crashes into something
    collision between:

    There was a collision between the French and German boats.

    in collision with:

    Their car was in collision with an ambulance.

    a head-on collision (=in which the front of one vehicle crashes into the front of another):

    The stolen car was involved in a head-on collision with a truck.

  2. 2
    a very serious argument
    a head-on collision (=a situation in which agreement is impossible):

    an attempt to avoid a head-on collision between the different branches of the party

    1. a.
      a very great difference between ideas or beliefs which means that they do not work together
    2. b.
      an occasion when two very different things meet or come together

      The affair is described as a collision between personality and principle.


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