gate + crash
- (Singaporean English) IPA(key): /ˈɡeɪtkɹaʃ/
- Rhymes: -æʃ
gatecrash (third-person singular simple present gatecrashes, present participle gatecrashing, simple past and past participle gatecrashed)
- To attend a social event without having been invited, or without having paid.
gatecrash (usually uncountable, plural gatecrashes)
- An instance of gatecrashing a party, event, etc.
- (Asian English) Part of a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony in which the groom and his groomsmen complete several difficult or embarrassing tasks prepared by the bridesmaids to prove his love for the bride.
2015 October 5, Felicia Tan, “Modern alternatives to wedding traditions”, in Her World Brides Singapore:
We’ve heard of stories of grooms getting nervous before their big day – not because they’re afraid of botching their vows, or welling up in unmanly but happy tears – but because of the tasks that await them during the gatecrashing ceremony.
2015 December 15, Lisa Twang, “Star Wars weddings hit Singapore”, in The New Paper Singapore:
For their wedding day, Mr Koh, who's 33 and works in marketing, arrived at his bride's house for the gatecrashing ceremony wearing a Darth Vader mask, while his groomsmen were decked out in Jedi robes.
2016 June 12, Benson Ang, “Gladiator groomsmen”, in The Straits Times:
During the 30-minute gatecrash, Mr Lee and his groomsmen did challenges such as forming a human pyramid and dancing to pop tunes such as Britney Spears' Toxic.
2016 November 6, Kimberly Lim, “Wedding gatecrashers: Putting love to the test”, in The New Paper Singapore:
Madam Quek says: "Because my husband and most of the groomsmen are not Chinese, it was their first time experiencing a Chinese wedding gatecrash."