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on a collision course

Of a person, group, or object, on a certain path to conflict, collision, destruction, or ruin with someone or something else. The radical left-wing coalition is set to be on a collision course with the majority conservative government this January. Little did the passengers know that they were riding a train on a collision course with disaster.
See also: collision, course, on

be on a collision course

Of a person, group, or object, to be on a certain path to conflict, collision, destruction, or ruin with someone or something else. The radical coalition is set to be on a collision course with the majority government this year. Little did the passengers know that their train was on a collision course with disaster.
See also: collision, course, on

on a collision course

adopting an approach that is certain to lead to conflict with another person or group.
This phrase is also used literally to mean ‘going in a direction that will lead to a violent crash with another moving object or person’.
See also: collision, course, on

be on a colˈlision course (with somebody/something)


1 be in a situation which is almost certain to cause a disagreement or dispute: I was on a collision course with my boss over the sales figures.
2 be moving in a direction in which it is likely that you will crash into somebody/something: The ship was on a collision course with a huge iceberg.
See also: collision, course, on
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The Dabashan nappe thrusts are supposed to have suffered at least two stages of tectonic movements that are subduction collisional orogeny and subsequent intracontinental orogeny since Mesozoic-Cenozoic (Dong et al.
Collisional processes of excited atoms or ions back to the ground state is not necessary either for further excitation or relaxation back to the ground state.
Collisional quenching, a type of dynamic quenching process, results from random encounters between the excited fluorophore and the quencher.
Collisional evolution refers to changes in the size and number of asteroids as collisions repeat over time.
However, as the plasma become collisional, the EM wave can propagate and attenuate throughout the entire range of [omega] [6].
Inside boundary layers we do not linearize but rather use a variational approximation using head-on collisional trajectory segments, and apply the necessary condition (19) at rebouncing corners.
The Urao lake occurs in the Venezuelan or Merida Andes which is a mountain range with NE-SW trend related to the Late Miocene collisional event between the Maracaibo block and the Guyana Shield (Audemard and Audemard, 2002) (Fig.
The earth model provides the ability to track and delineate major collisional events, subducted margins, major volcanic-arc activity, large igneous intrusive events and the Phanerozoic redistribution of mineral-rich Archean terranes.
In this presentation, we will present the first experimental evidence supporting the use of such models for weakly collisional plasmas which are relevant to various space and astrophysical plasma environments.
The plasma is assumed to be homogeneous, steady-state and collisional.
The quenching takes place through a collisional process and also by ground-state complexation between fluorophore and quencher molecules (5).
The outcome of collisions can be described by three non-dimensional parameters: the collisional Weber number, the impact parameter, and the droplet size ratio [8].
2] by assuming the dominant collisional decoherence mechanism to stabilize the configuration states, i.
1992), or "net collisional uptake probability" (Finlayson-Pitts and Pitts 2000) in the kinetics of pollutant-surface interactions.
Deep crustal structure and flexure of the Arabian plate beneath the Zagros collisional mountain belt as inferred from gravity OBSERVATIONS.
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