[hwahyt-nuhk-uhl, wahyt-]
adjective Informal.
causing fear, apprehension, or panic: The plane made a white-knuckle approach to the fogged-in airport.
experiencing fear, terror, or apprehension: The white-knuckle crowd loved that director's newest horror movie.
Also, white-knuckled.
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causing or experiencing fear or anxiety: a white-knuckle ride

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Example sentences
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.
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