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white-knuckle

[hwahyt-nuhk-uh l, wahyt-] /ˈʰwaɪtˈnʌk əl, ˈwaɪt-/
adjective, Informal.
1.
causing fear, apprehension, or panic:
The plane made a white-knuckle approach to the fogged-in airport.
2.
experiencing fear, terror, or apprehension:
The white-knuckle crowd loved that director's newest horror movie.
Also, white-knuckled.
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  • While the stock market has not yet suffered a serious correction, it has gone through a few white-knuckle drops.
  • The fact of the matter is that white-knuckle fliers have a lot more to be worried about in their cars than they do while flying.
British Dictionary definitions for white-knuckle

white-knuckle

adjective
1.
causing or experiencing fear or anxiety: a white-knuckle ride
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Slang definitions & phrases for white-knuckle

white-knuckle

adjective

Marked by tension, suspense, fear, etc: Invocations of a Soviet threat have become so common. He calls it ''the white-knuckle show''/ A genuine white-knuckle road (1980s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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