crash / crush

P&B

Senior Member
Hungarian
Hello,

I know there's been a thread on this and that there are many sample sentences in many dictionaries, still I'm a bit uncertain here:

Does a crash-helmet prevent you from crashing your head or from crushing your head? (Or neither? Or both?)
(I have a guess - that crushing is the right answer, but I am just not sure.)

Thanks for any help.
 
  • Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    Neither. The "crash" in the phrase "crash helmet" (two words, no hyphen) simply means that it's meant to protect the wearer's head in the event of a crash (of the vehicle the wearer is in).
     

    P&B

    Senior Member
    Hungarian
    Thank you - but what word would be suitable then (instead of a simple "break")? Smash?
     
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