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Clash vs. Crush: What's the Difference?

Edited by Sumera Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on September 27, 2023
Clash means to conflict or oppose forcefully, while crush refers to pressing with force to deform or destroy.

Key Differences

Clash and crush are English words that convey different actions and have different meanings. Clash generally refers to a violent or forceful collision or disagreement between two opposing parties, ideas, or elements. It is often used to describe conflicts, be it of opinions, sounds, or physical confrontations. The clash highlights the opposing nature of the elements involved, reflecting disagreements or incongruities that lead to disputes or combats.
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Crush, on the other hand, denotes the action of compressing with force, leading to deformation or destruction. It can relate to physical compression causing damage or deformation to an object or may metaphorically represent overwhelming emotions or situations, such as having a crush on someone. Crush implies a level of force or pressure significant enough to change the original form or state of the subject, and it often results in breaking, bruising, or overwhelming.
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The usage of clash is commonly found in the context of battles, disagreements, or contrasting elements, reflecting the conflicting and opposing nature of the subjects involved. It is a term that denotes opposition and conflict, suggesting a level of intensity and contention in the encounter. It brings forth imagery of collision and confrontation, whether it be in terms of ideas, sounds, or physical entities.
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Conversely, crush is versatile in its application, spanning physical, emotional, and situational contexts. The essence of crush revolves around the application of force, pressure, or overwhelming influence, which can lead to destruction, deformation, or infatuation. The context of crush varies; it can refer to the act of physically crushing something, experiencing a crush, or feeling crushed by overwhelming circumstances.
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Sep 27, 2023
To sum up, clash and crush are distinct in their meanings and applications. While clash denotes opposition and conflict between differing elements or parties, crush signifies force, pressure, and overwhelming influence leading to deformation, destruction, or infatuation. Understanding the nuanced difference between these terms is crucial for accurate expression and communication.
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Comparison Chart

Definition

A violent or forceful collision or disagreement between two opposing parties or elements.
Compressing with force, leading to deformation or destruction.
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Nature

Oppositional and conflicting.
Compressive and overwhelming.
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Usage

Describes conflicts and disagreements.
Describes deformation, destruction, or overwhelming emotions.
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Contextual Application

Battles, disagreements, contrasting elements.
Physical damage, emotional infatuation, overwhelming situations.
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Result

Dispute or combat.
Breaking, bruising, or overwhelming.
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Clash and Crush Definitions

Clash

A violent confrontation or conflict.
The clash between the two rival football teams was intense.
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Crush

To deform, pulverize, or force inwards by compressing forcefully.
He used a hammer to crush the can.
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Clash

A loud and harsh sound as a result of collision.
The clash of swords echoed through the battlefield.
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Crush

A brief but intense infatuation.
Jane admitted having a crush on her coworker.
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Clash

To collide with a loud, harsh, usually metallic noise
Cymbals clashing.
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Crush

To crowd or press closely together; to cram.
People were crushed together in the crowded train.
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Clash

To meet in violent conflict
Armies that clashed on the plain.
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Crush

To press between opposing bodies so as to break, compress, or injure
The falling rock crushed the car.
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Clash

To be in opposition or disagreement
An eyewitness account that clashed with published reports.
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Crush

To break, pound, or grind (stone or ore, for example) into small fragments or powder.
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Clash

To create an unpleasant visual impression when placed together
Colors that clash.
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Crush

To put down with force; subdue
The regime crushed the rebellion.
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Clash

To strike together with a loud, harsh, metallic noise.
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Crush

To overwhelm or oppress severely
Spirits that had been crushed by rejection and failure.
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Clash

A loud, harsh noise, such as that made by two metal objects in collision.
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Crush

To defeat overwhelmingly
Our team was crushed in the playoffs.
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Clash

A violent conflict or confrontation.
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Crush

To crumple or rumple
Crushed the freshly ironed shirt.
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Clash

A disagreement or state of opposition
A clash of political ideologies.
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Crush

To hug, especially with great force.
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Clash

An incongruity or unpleasant juxtaposition of different colors or elements.
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Crush

To hit or propel with great force
A swing of the bat that crushed a fastball over the wall.
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Clash

(onomatopoeia) A loud sound, like the crashing together of metal objects.
I heard a clash from the kitchen, and rushed in to find the cat had knocked over some pots and pans.
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Crush

To press upon, shove, or crowd.
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Clash

A skirmish, a hostile encounter.
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Crush

To extract or obtain by pressing or squeezing
Crush juice from a grape.
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Clash

(sports) match; a game between two sides.
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Crush

To be or become crushed
Aluminum cans crush easily.
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Clash

An angry argument
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Crush

To proceed or move by crowding or pressing
The fans crushed forward to get a glimpse of the movie star.
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Clash

Opposition; contradiction; such as between differing or contending interests, views, purposes etc.
Clash of beliefs
Culture clash
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Crush

The act of crushing or the pressure involved in crushing
Matter superheated by the crush of gravity around black holes.
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Clash

A combination of garments that do not look good together, especially because of conflicting colours.
She was wearing a horrible clash of red and orange.
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Crush

A great crowd
A crush of spectators.
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Clash

(hurling) An instance of restarting the game after a "dead ball", where it is dropped between two opposing players, who can fight for possession.
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Crush

A substance prepared by or as if by crushing, especially a fruit drink
Orange crush.
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Clash

(Scotland) Chatter; gossip; idle talk.
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Crush

A usually temporary infatuation
Had a crush on her friend's cousin.
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Clash

(intransitive) To make a clashing sound.
The cymbals clashed.
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Crush

One who is the object of such an infatuation.
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Clash

(transitive) To cause to make a clashing sound.
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Crush

A violent collision or compression; a crash; destruction; ruin.
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Clash

To come into violent conflict.
Fans from opposing teams clashed on the streets after the game.
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Crush

Violent pressure, as of a moving crowd.
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Clash

(intransitive) To argue angrily.
My parents often clashed about minor things, such as the cleaning or shopping rota.
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Crush

A violent crowding.
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Clash

To face each other in an important game.
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Crush

A crowd that produces uncomfortable pressure.
A crush at a reception
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Clash

To fail to look good together; to contrast unattractively; to fail to harmonize.
You can't wear that shirt! It clashes with your trousers.
The hotel room was ugly, and the wallpaper clashed with the carpet.
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Crush

(slang) A group or gang.
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Clash

To coincide, to happen at the same time, thereby rendering it impossible to attend all.
I can't come to your wedding because it clashes with a friend's funeral.
I wanted to take German, but it clashed with art on the timetable.
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Crush

A crowd control barrier.
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Clash

To chatter or gossip.
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Crush

A drink made by squeezing the juice out of fruit.
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Clash

To make a noise by striking against something; to dash noisily together.
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Crush

(informal) An infatuation with somebody one is not dating.
I've had a huge crush on her since we met many years ago.
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Clash

To meet in opposition; to act in a contrary direction; to come onto collision; to interfere.
However some of his interests might clash with those of the chief adjacent colony.
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Crush

The human object of such infatuation or affection.
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Clash

To strike noisily against or together.
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Crush

A standing stock or cage with movable sides used to restrain livestock for safe handling.
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Clash

A loud noise resulting from collision; a noisy collision of bodies; a collision.
The roll of cannon and clash of arms.
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Crush

(dated) A party or festive function.
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Clash

Opposition; contradiction; as between differing or contending interests, views, purposes, etc.
Clashes between popes and kings.
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Crush

(Australia) The process of crushing cane to remove the raw sugar, or the season when this process takes place.
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Clash

A loud resonant repeating noise;
He could hear the clang of distant bells
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Crush

The situation where certain colors are so similar as to be hard to distinguish, either as a deliberate effect or as a limitation of a display.
Black crush; white crush
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Clash

A state of conflict between persons
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Crush

A paraphilia involving arousal from seeing things destroyed by crushing.
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Clash

A state of conflict between colors;
Her dress was a disturbing clash of colors
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Crush

To press between two hard objects; to squeeze so as to alter the natural shape or integrity, or to force together into a mass.
To crush grapes
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Clash

A minor short-term fight
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Crush

To reduce to fine particles by pounding or grinding.
To crush quartz
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Clash

Crash together with violent impact;
The cars collided
Two meteors clashed
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Crush

(figurative) To overwhelm by pressure or weight.
After the corruption scandal, the opposition crushed the ruling party in the elections
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Clash

Be incompatible; be or come into conflict;
These colors clash
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Crush

To do impressively well at (sports events; performances; interviews; etc.).
They had a gig recently at Madison Square—totally crushed it!
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Clash

Disagree violently;
We clashed over the new farm policies
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Crush

To oppress or grievously burden.
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Clash

A contradiction or disagreement between different ideas or interests.
There was a clash of opinions during the meeting.
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Crush

To overcome completely; to subdue totally.
The sultan's black guard crushed every resistance bloodily.
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Clash

A forceful collision of two objects.
The cars were badly damaged in the clash.
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Crush

(intransitive) To be or become broken down or in, or pressed into a smaller volume or area, by external weight or force.
An eggshell crushes easily
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Clash

An incompatible combination of colors or patterns.
His outfit was a clash of multiple bright colors.
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Crush

To feel infatuation or unrequited love.
She's crushing on him.
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Crush

To give a compressed or foreshortened appearance to.
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Crush

To make certain colors so similar as to be hard to distinguish, either as a deliberate effect or as a limitation of a display.
My old TV set crushes the blacks when the brightness is lowered.
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Crush

To press or bruise between two hard bodies; to squeeze, so as to destroy the natural shape or integrity of the parts, or to force together into a mass; as, to crush grapes.
Ye shall not offer unto the Lord that which is bruised, or crushed, or broken, or cut.
The ass . . . thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam's foot against the wall.
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Crush

To reduce to fine particles by pounding or grinding; to comminute; as, to crush quartz.
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Crush

To overwhelm by pressure or weight; to beat or force down, as by an incumbent weight.
To crush the pillars which the pile sustain.
Truth, crushed to earth, shall rise again.
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Crush

To oppress or burden grievously.
Thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway.
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Crush

To overcome completely; to subdue totally.
Speedily overtaking and crushing the rebels.
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Crush

To subdue or overwhelm (a person) by argument or a cutting remark; to cause (a person) to feel chagrin or humiliation; to squelch.
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Crush

To be or become broken down or in, or pressed into a smaller compass, by external weight or force; as, an eggshell crushes easily.
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Crush

A violent collision or compression; a crash; destruction; ruin.
The wreck of matter, and the crush of worlds.
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Crush

Violent pressure, as of a crowd; a crowd which produced uncomfortable pressure; as, a crush at a reception.
Politics leave very little time for the bow window at White's in the day, or for the crush room of the opera at night.
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Crush

Leather that has had its grain pattern accentuated
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Crush

A dense crowd of people
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Crush

Temporary love of an adolescent
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Crush

The act of crushing
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Crush

Come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority;
The government oppresses political activists
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Crush

To compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition;
Crush an aluminum can
Squeeze a lemon
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Crush

Come out better in a competition, race, or conflict;
Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship
We beat the competition
Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game
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Crush

Break into small pieces;
The car crushed the toy
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Crush

Humiliate or depress completely;
She was crushed by his refusal of her invitation
The death of her son smashed her
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Crush

Crush or bruise;
Jam a toe
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Crush

Make ineffective;
Martin Luther King tried to break down racial discrimination
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Crush

Become injured, broken, or distorted by pressure;
The plastic bottle crushed against the wall
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Crush

To suppress or subdue completely.
The rebellion was quickly crushed by the government.
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Crush

To defeat overwhelmingly.
Our team managed to crush the opponents in the final game.
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FAQs

Can clash be used to describe conflicting ideas?

Yes, clash can describe a conflict or disagreement between differing ideas or interests.
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Can the term crush refer to emotional infatuation?

Yes, crush can refer to a brief but intense infatuation or affection for someone.
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Can a clash be non-violent?

Yes, a clash can be non-violent when it refers to a disagreement or contradiction between ideas or interests.
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Can you have a crush on someone you know well?

Yes, it’s possible to have a crush on someone you know well, as crushes can form due to various reasons.
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Can sounds clash?

Yes, sounds can clash when they are discordant or incompatible with each other.
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Can something be crushed without being destroyed?

Yes, something can be crushed, meaning deformed or compressed, without being completely destroyed.
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Does a clash always involve physical contact?

No, a clash can occur without physical contact, such as in conflicting ideas or interests.
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Can crush be used metaphorically?

Yes, crush can be used metaphorically to describe overwhelming emotions or situations.
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Sep 27, 2023

Can opinions clash?

Yes, opinions can clash when they are conflicting or contradictory.
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Can a clash be resolved peacefully?

Yes, a clash, especially of opinions or interests, can be resolved peacefully through dialogue and understanding.
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Can you crush a can by stepping on it?

Yes, you can crush a can by applying force through stepping on it.
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Is a clash between two people always negative?

While clash often implies disagreement or conflict, it can lead to positive outcomes like resolution and understanding if handled constructively.
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Can crush imply defeating someone overwhelmingly in sports?

Yes, crush can be used to describe a situation where one side defeats the other overwhelmingly in sports or games.
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Can having a crush lead to a relationship?

Yes, having a crush can sometimes lead to a relationship if the feelings are mutual.
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Is clash synonymous with conflict?

Yes, clash is synonymous with conflict and can denote a confrontation or disagreement between opposing parties.
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