clash - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    mainly journalism a fight or battle between two groups of people
    clash between:

    Yesterday saw violent clashes between police and protesters.

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  2. 2
    mainly journalism a very angry argument between two people or groups
    clash with:

    The Prime Minister faces a clash with business leaders tomorrow.

    clash between:

    a clash between the government and the media

  3. 3
    mainly journalism an important game or competition between two teams or players
    clash with:

    Ewing will not be playing in Saturday’s third-round clash with Leeds.

  4. 4
    a situation in which two people or things are very different from each other so that they cannot exist together or work together
    clash of:

    a problem that has been caused by a clash of cultures

    a personality clash:

    Many bands break up because of personality clashes between musicians.

  5. 5

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    a loud sound made when two metal objects hit each other

    the clash of the cymbals

  6. 6
    an annoying situation in which two events happen at the same time
  7. 7
    a combination of two colours, patterns etc that do not look good together