white knuckle


[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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white-knuckle definition

  1. mod.
    having to do with an event that creates a lot of tension, especially an airplane flight. : We came in
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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