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verb crash pronunciation in British English /kræʃ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecrashing
past tensecrashed
past participlecrashed
  1. 1
    [intransitive] if a moving vehicle crashes, it hits something, causing damage

    The car skidded and I thought we were going to crash.

    crash into:

    Three people were killed when their car crashed into a tree.

    1. a.
    2. b.
      [intransitive/transitive] if a plane crashes, or if someone crashes it, it falls from the sky

      A 737 aircraft crashed near Heidelberg.

      He crashed his plane on landing, causing £9,000 of damage.

      crash into:

      Amazingly, he survived when his plane crashed into the sea.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to hit something hard, making a loud noise and often causing damage
    crash against/into/through/to:

    A ball came crashing through the window.

    The wind howled and the waves crashed against the rocks.

    crash to the floor/ground:

    As Kelly saw him, the tray she was carrying crashed to the floor.

    crash something against/into something:

    He lifted his foot and crashed it into the door.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to make a sudden loud noise, as if something is being hit

      Thunder crashed and boomed outside.

  3. 5
    [intransitive] informal to sleep somewhere for the night, usually when you did not plan to do this

    You can crash at my place if you like.



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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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